Named for an often overlooked but integral position on any team, Waterboys unites NFL players from across the league in addressing the clean water crisis in East Africa. Founded by NFL player Chris Long, a serendipitous meeting in Tanzania with WorldServe president, John Bongiorno, and trustee, Doug Pitt, led to Chris’ newfound passion for this remarkable country. His desire to give back found a sweet spot with the connections and track record of WorldServe, one of the largest providers of clean water in East Africa.
Long set a goal of recruiting a “waterboy” from each NFL team – and he’s on a strong trajectory to fund 32 wells through the initiative (which is part of his foundation’s overall mission). Through this unique opportunity for NFL players and their fans to work together, those in need of clean water emerging as the victors, with more than 20 wells – each facilitated in Tanzania by WorldServe – already built.
WATERSUNDAY WITH THE WATERBOYS
Long’s commitment to bring clean water to East Africa through the Waterboys Initiative – along with WorldServe’s experience in working with faith community leaders, made possible the recent launch of WaterSunday with the Waterboys. A challenge to congregations and groups, the effort will provide a chance for congregations, communities, families and individuals to unite to raise funds and awareness for the clean water crisis.
The date for the inaugural effort is Sunday, January 28, 2018 – the Sunday before Super Bowl Sunday – though congregations and groups can choose an alternate date according to what works best for their community.
More than 100 Philadelphia-area faith leaders gathered with Long (a current member of the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line) to kick-off the effort. The invitation to participate is also open to congregations around the country with a goal of funding at least two water projects as part of WaterSunday with the Waterboys.
Want to Join? Register your group or congregation to learn more and receive exclusive resources to mobilize your members, including videos featuring the NFL Waterboys, fundraising ideas, and more.
Is Yours An Assemblies Of God Congregation? When AG congregation members participate, they can receive AGWM credit!
Use this form to register for the upcoming WaterSunday with the Waterboys.
WATERBOYS WATERSUNDAY DONATIONS
Join the team by making a donation! With a goal of funding at Least TWO Water Projects as part of this special effort, we need everyone to participate. Even if your church is not hosting an official event, your gift will be joined with others and each water project funded will be strategically placed as part of a new church planting or within a community where an existing church is struggling with persecution or other challenges. Help provide life-giving water as the gift of Living Water flows!