University of Charleston


February 11, 2020 — In urban centers across the country, faith and sports play powerful roles in the leadership development of those living within these marginalized communities. The University of Charleston is proud to present “Playing for the City: Sports, Faith and Developing Community Leaders”, on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The Mission of the Midian Leadership Project – founded in Charleston, WV – is to develop Christian community leaders through a combination of education, family, and faith support, anchored in sports-related programming.

Join Rev. Dr. Jeff Biddle, Jr., founding director of the Project, as he presents strategies that involve faith-based sports programming to help young people develop the leadership skills to transform their communities from within, and how other communities can do the same. The event will also include a conversation between Rev. Biddle and Turan De’Angelo Rush, Deputy Director of the Midian Leadership Project, Eastern Michigan University Football and former Capital High School player.

Rev. Dr. Jeff Biddle is also Pastor of New Hope Community Church. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Economics in 2007 and finished his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School before relocating to the West Side of Charleston. His doctoral thesis related to sports, faith and community leadership development among young people affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. He is coauthor and compiling editor of the book Playing for the City: The Power of Sports for Christian Community Development.

A reception will follow the presentation in the Rotunda.

The event, sponsored by the Elizabeth and Herchiel Sims Fund, is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Erma Byrd Gallery in Riggleman Hall. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the Midian Project and Rev. Dr. Biddle, please visit