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Colin Ashworth, Baseball, Arizona State University

by carmine on December 29, 2013

I was born in Fullerton, California on February 10, 1995, to Blair and Shelley Ashworth. I have two younger sisters named Amanda and Lauren.

I was raised in a Christian home and grew up in Orange Country, California. I have attended Rose Drive Friends Church my entire life, and attended Christian schools through high school. I had accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was just five years old, and never had any doubts in my faith. I have always surrounded myself with positive people, and have been blessed with a supportive family and friends.

I grew up in a baseball family, and started playing as soon as I could walk practically. My cousins and uncles played baseball professionally, and I would watch and learn from them growing up. My father was always my coach up until high school, and has always supported me with my baseball aspirations. My greatest childhood memories are playing baseball, and watching my cousins play at USC and Stanford. I had a great childhood, and I am very grateful for the life God has blessed me with.

I attended Whittier Christian High School, and played baseball and basketball all four years. I was a very “good” Christian kid, but never felt like I was on fire for Christ. My faith in Christ never changed, but I never owned it! I simply spent my high school days going through the motions.

I graduated high school in 2013 and committed to Arizona State University to play baseball. It had always been my dream to play for the Sun Devils one day. Both my uncles played for ASU, and my uncle (Floyd Bannister) has OUR number retired on the wall at Packard Stadium. I will be the 15th graduate from Arizona State in my family, and both of my parents attended there as well.

Last summer, before leaving for Arizona, I got the chance to play for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ summer team called the Southern California Catch in the California Collegiate League. It was a life-changing experience, and I met other Christian-collegiate ballplayers and made lifetime friendships. I finally realized that I was not the only “Christian” athlete out there. It was always hard to play for non-Christian teams growing up because I did not have the same values as my teammates. I understand now that it only takes one person on a team, or one person in any group, to make a difference.

I really grew in my faith last summer, and I felt like God strengthened my relationship with Him just in time before I left for college. I was so excited to hear about the impact my summer ball teammates were making on their college campuses, and wanted to be the “light” at my school. I finally owned my faith this summer, and was so thankful to make friends that can support me and hold me accountable in my walk with the Lord.

Once I stepped foot on the biggest school in America, I was determined to share my faith with my teammates and new friends. I joined FCA at ASU, and have met some wonderful people here. I am truly been living for Christ, and have so far made the most out of my time here at ASU.

I am so thankful for my coaches and teammates on the Southern California Catch, and I am excited to play for them again this summer. Now, I do not play baseball to show off my talents, and pray that I get drafted to the MLB like most college baseball players. I see that there is a bigger picture. Baseball is a platform for me to share the gospel. As athletes, we are held to the highest standards and are role models. We can truly have a significant impact on peoples’ lives both positively and negatively.

My hope is not in becoming a professional athlete. My hope is in Jesus Christ and I am called to be his servant wherever he leads me. Right now, I have an opportunity to share God’s love at an enormous, secular school. Our mascot is Sparky the Sun Devil, and I strive to be the “Sparky” for Christ. It only takes a little spark to start a wildfire.

Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” God has given us all different talents and gifts, so use them to glorify Him. The Lord can use us in many different ways, we just have to follow and trust in His ways. Make an IMPACT!

My name is Colin Ashworth, and I am an Unashamed Athlete.

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