Sports Moms’ Tour to deliver message of hope

Sun News correspondentApril 24, 2013 

Deanna Moore, mother of Kyle Moore, a Houston County High School graduate who plays for the Buffalo Bills, is open about using her son’s celebrity to reach other families and help to change their lives.

Moore, founder and president of I Think I Am Foundation, has organized a May tour of other sports mothers to help encourage and strengthen families.

“They are coming in from all over the country, and they each have a unique story to tell,” Moore said.

The mothers include Denise Wayne, mother of Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts; Christina Lee, mother of Sammie Stroughter, most recently of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Cheryl Howard, mother of Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers; Lisa Randolph, mother of Josh Powell, Los Angeles Lakers; Angela Watson, mother of Dekoda Watson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Gladys Bettis, mother of retired NFL player Jerome Bettis; Diane Ross, mother of Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals; Tish Hayward, mother of Casey Hayward, Green Bay Packers; and Lillie Spikes, mother of Takeo Spikes, Auburn University standout and NFL player.

Although their sons are some of the top professional athletes in the country, Moore said that each of the mothers has been affected by real issues ranging from miscarrying seven times to being homeless and victims of domestic violence.

“Our message is that your now is not your future,” said Moore, who was raised in the foster care system. “We have had challenges, but the key is to not get stuck in those challenges but to rise above them.”

Moore said the mothers were using their sons’ professional athlete status as a platform to tell about the faithfulness of God and share a message of hope.

“We are not celebrities, but we recognize that our sons are,” said Moore. “It gives opportunities to share our personal stories and to help change lives.”

The Sports Moms’ Impact Tour will be in Middle Georgia at various locations and places:

May 2, 10:30 a.m to noon: Destiny’s Boutique, 500 Wilson Drive, Centerville

May 2, 1-2:30, p.m.: American Professional Institute, 1667 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon

May 2: 3-4:30 p.m.: Macon Rescue Mission, 774 Hazel St.

May 3, noon-1:30 p.m.: Golden Corral, Warner Robins

May 3, 2-3:30 p.m.: HODAC, 2762 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins

The mothers will also be appearing at local schools and some private events as well. The tour is not limited to Middle Georgia and appears across the country.

For more information about the Sports Moms’ Impact Tour, visit ithinkiamfoundation.org or call 714-1040.

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