She Did It!!

Well, she did it! Whitney Rodgers became the third (and fastest! Thanks for beating my time! ;] ) female runner for DribbleTheWorld as she crossed the finish line in Saturday, April 3, 2010. Here’s what Whit had to say about her journey:

Whitney before dribbling 13.1 miles!

     If you told me 5 years ago that I would dribble a half marathon, I would say you were crazy.  Even a year ago, I could barely run a mile!!!   The Lord has really blessed me this last year and changed my heart so much.  This time last year I barely knew what Ball for Lives was.  I knew that Occh had dribbled the 2007 Marathon, but I was only beginning to find out why and now it is such a HUGE part of my life.  Everyone involved has become my family and they continually challenge me to strive for God’s will in my life.

     I loved seeing Ashley and Eric run their races. Running around NYC, cheering them on, was so much fun.   Even at those races, I had no desire even to run a half, let alone to dribble one.  Being a spectator is fun and it really motivates the participants, but it didn’t really challenge me.  It is something I love doing, supporting others, and I can do it forever. 

     One day though, I received an e-mail for a World Vision 13.1 Marathon in NYC to help people who don’t have something as basic as clean drinking water;  and I just felt that God was tugging at my heart strings to get out of my comfort zone, to challenge myself physically, to do something for others.  I really didn’t give it a second thought, I e-mailed Occh and Ash and said I was doing it!  If you know me, you could tell I am no runner and at barely 5ft, I was never encouraged to play basketball or even dribble one, but I had no doubt that I could do this if I put it in the Lord’s hands.  It was something I really wanted to accomplish before my 30th birthday (yes, I am 30!!) 

check out those green DribbleTheWorld shirts!

Check out those green DribbleTheWorld shirts!

     Occh and Ash had to basically teach me how to dribble. Occh made me do drills everyday to work on my ball handling.  He really knows what he is doing.  Through it all, everyone in Ball for Lives was so encouraging, always believing in me.  I just want to thank everyone: Thank you Occh, Ash, Mundo, Steve, Jimmy, Cristian, Ron, Femundo, Ana, Morgan, Fairview Gospel Church, ACTION! Group!!! Thank you for your love and prayers!

Whit tore it up on Saturday! Great job Whit!

Whit tore it up on Saturday!!

     This past Saturday was one of the most amazing days of my life.  It meant so much to know how many people were standing behind me, but most of all I knew that Jesus was in control.  I have two good legs, two good arms, I am capable of doing this.  There are people all over the world who are suffering, who are hurting, who need food, who need water, why can’t I run 13.1 miles for them?  And I did it! And it was not that hard considering what others have to go through daily.  To think that God could challenge me, that He could use me, boggles my mind, but He did, and He can use you too!! 

     You may not be called to dribble a marathon, but maybe you can visit an elderly person in your community, or volunteer  at an afterschool program, who knows?  I am so excited to see what He does next in my life.

Whit was amazing on Saturday! Great job! Thank you so much for sharing with others your desire to continually be used by Christ! The Lord is pleased with your compassionate heart and willingness to take action in helping others halfway across the globe. Your story is definitely an inspiring one-one that only Christ could write! Thank you for EVERYTHING you do for Ball for Lives. We love you girl!!

-ash

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  1. avatar Rachael Says:

    Hey!!! Wow, we are so proud of you! You did a great job!!! You are a big inspiration for us and probably for lots a people around you! God bless you!! xx

  2. avatar Pamela Says:

    I am so proud of you Whitney! I knew your hard work and training would pay off, and it did. I wish I was able to cheer you on Saturday. I am so excited you were able to accomplish this! Keep up the great work. Miss you.

  3. avatar Morgan Says:

    Yay Whitney! I am so glad for you that you got to do this! To imagine the amount of work you put in is just amazing (i’m remembering back to my visit where you were getting up early and dribbling in the gym)
    And thinking about the women who travel so far for water, its neat to think of you being better able to relate to them considering all the work you put in.
    Love you girl and I can’t wait to hear what your next goal is :)

  4. avatar Whitney Says:

    Thank you all so much! I could not have done it without your prayers and support!

  5. avatar Peter & Cheryl Says:

    Go God! Go Whitney!
    As long as we keep doing things for Him we cannot go wrong. Well done!!!

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