Hello! I’m Danilo Felix and I am on staff with Athletes in Action, a branch of Cru, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ. I currently serve as the Director of Pro Soccer in the Tampa Bay area and the Director of Care and Development for our AIA Pro Soccer staff. I work with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, a professional soccer team in the United Soccer League – USL, serving as the team chaplain. Within this role, I lead Bible studies and pre-game chapels, disciple players, minister to front office staff, help coordinate the team’s community involvement, and assist with anything else that adds value for the club and players.
As part of my role through AIA, I serve as the liaison between the league chaplains and the USL, which is headquartered in Tampa. I’m also responsible for chaplain care (encouragement and wellness) for the 30+ USL league chaplains. In addition, I’m also part of the AIA Global Chaplaincy to help develop and train chaplains to serve professional and Olympic athletes around the world.
In addition to my duties as a chaplain, I partner with other AIA/CRU staff in the area to help, assist, and contribute to their ministries as needed. I also use soccer as a platform to impact the local community with the Gospel through coaching, mentorship, and speaking engagements.
I desire to give everyone in professional soccer the opportunity to hear the name of Jesus Christ. I would like to see the spiritual culture of soccer in North America changed for Christ! There are Christians in every team, and chaplains are investing in their lives and encouraging them to reach their teammates, clubs, communities, and those they influence for the sake of furthering God’s Kingdom and sharing the love, and truth of Jesus Christ. I have a passion for seeing God use the game of soccer; which influences billions, as a way to share Jesus Christ in our cities, our states, our country, and throughout the world.
It is truly a privilege to be able to use the gifts and talents given to me to share Christ with professional soccer players and student-athletes in the Tampa Bay area and empower them to use their platform to influence others for Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
I am also a certified Mental Health Coach by the American Association of Christian Counselors to provide additional value to the players, coaches, and chaplains I serve.
I am a member of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL. I’m supported by my wife Robyn and son Jackson.
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