Team: Amherst College (NCAA Division 3)
Hometown: Grosse Ile, Michigan
Birth Year: 1995
Height: 5' 9”
Chosen Attribute: Serving
Why is this important to you?
As of late, servanthood has been an attribute (principle of Christian faith) that I have been focusing on. In the Bible God calls us to be joyful servants.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:12-13)
As believers we are called to love God and love others. A big way we can love others is through serving our teammates, friends, family and people we interact with. So that through our joyful serving others may see God’s love. There is great opportunity in serving in the sport of hockey. Whether it is through serving my teammates or using my God given athletic gifts to glorify and serve God. Jesus was the ultimate servant, coming down to the earth in flesh not to do his will, but the will of the father so that we may be saved.
It is encouraging to know that serving can take many forms and that God has blessed each one of us with unique gifts that can be used to serve and ultimately Glorify God!
Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you?
I first got involved with FCA Hockey at their summer hockey camp at Niagara University. The camp was very memorable for me as it was the first time I had been surrounded by hundreds of Christian hockey players. This past summer I was blessed to attend the FCA Pro/College Camp in Utah. This was a remarkable experience in which I was able to really develop meaningful relationships with others who can really relate to the many challenges hockey players are faced with on and off the ice. These relationships and unique environment that FCA has provided has inspired me to be bolder in my faith and to realize that I am not fighting this battle alone. Having brothers in Christ to do life has allowed for further strength and growth in my relationship with the Lord.
What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
My favorite verse would have to be Joshua 1:9. One of the biggest challenges for me is being bold in my faith. I can be a pretty shy person sometimes and find it easy to stay in my comfort zone. However, this verse reminds me that I do not have to be timid or afraid. That God literally commands us to be courageous and strong. I know that I can be bold because no matter what others may think of me, God is with me, supporting me even in the most challenging situations.
The answer is no one, literally no one can be against you when God is on your side. I really like this because it applies to life so much and also hockey. No matter who I am going against in a game or in life I know that there is no need to fear because the God of the Universe is on my side.
How did you hear about FCA Hockey?
I learned about FCA hockey by coming across one of their tables at a hockey showcase.
What else should we know about you (future goals in hockey, family members, what church do you go to, favorite stuff outside of hockey, etc.)
I am a 22-year-old junior at Amherst College, and was born and raised in Grosse Ile, Michigan. I am blessed to have grown up in a Christian home and am the oldest of three. I have a brother named Zach (20) who attends Spring Arbor University and a sister named Lizzi (17) who is finishing up her senior year at Cranbrook Kingswood. I am very passionate about developing relationships and helping others. Perhaps this passion is what sparked my interest to pursue a career in medicine. I am currently taking courses to fulfill Pre-Med requirements and plan to graduate in the Spring of 2020. My goals while playing at Amherst are to win the NESCAC Championship and finally a National Championship. After graduating from Amherst, I hope to go to Medical School and ultimately become an Orthopedic Surgeon.
I am very much a sports fan and follow the NHL and the English Premier League regularly. In addition to playing hockey, I enjoy playing Intramural soccer, video games, and spending time at the lake with family and friends.
Posted on Wed, November 14, 2018
by Rick Randazzo