For Crockett County basketball guard Elli Pratt, the chance to get on the basketball floor is not just an opportunity to play a sport that she loves, but it is also a chance to show God’s love to others and glorify Him.
“Most of the time, you do not know the people who are watching you,” Pratt said. “My actions in what I do and my speech should reflect God.
“Sports puts us in a light where others will look at us, especially younger girls, when we play.”
Pratt attends Northbrook Church in Three Way, and through her church she has had the chance to go overseas to a country many people do not get to visit.
“We have a Romanian mission team, and I got to go once in 2012,” she said. “I hope to go again before I graduate. Ever since I went the first time, it has been my goal to go back.”
During her time in Romania, Pratt had the opportunity to work with people who are outcast by many of the citizens of the country.
“We got to work with orphans, widows and abandoned babies,” she said. “We went to gypsy villages, who are considered outcast. There is a prejudice over there against gypsies, so we help orphans and widows who are not brought up right.”
Pratt said that balancing during the season isn’t always easy, but she tries to always find the time to spend with God.
“God is a big part of my life,” she said. “It is hard to balance school, sports and faith at the same time, but I try to keep Him as a big part of my life.”
Pratt said that church has always been big in her life.
“I was raised in a Godly home,” she said. “My parents read the Bible to me before I went to sleep when I was younger, and I am a part of my youth group at church.”
Pratt sees the future as a time to grow and build her relationship with God.
“I hope to continue to play basketball after high school, although I am not sure that will happen,” Pratt said. “When I get to college, I still want to find a church and continue to grow in my faith.”
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Elli Pratt’s favorite verse
1 Corinthians 9:24 — Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.