SOURCE: The AdoptionJourney.org Project

January 31, 2012 13:03 ET

Super Bowl Winning Coach Tony Dungy Featured in Free Video Message Available to Pastors to Play During Church Services

Tony Dungy Wants Churches to Help Raise Awareness About Adoption on Sunday, February 5th

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwire - Jan 31, 2012) - On Sunday, February 5th, churchgoers might not have to wait till the evening to hear commentary from a Super Bowl winning coach. That is because church leaders will be able to play a free downloadable video message featuring Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren during the typical announcement time of a Sunday worship service.

Tony & Lauren Dungy's video message frames the orphan crisis in our country today with an appeal to the local church to act. The Dungy family has adopted several children personally and is involved with The Adoption Journey Project (www.adoptionjourney.org) to help influence more couples to consider adoption.

"The big win on Super Sunday would be to raise awareness about the millions of children who need a family," said Dungy, the winning head coach of the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts. Challenging church leaders, Tony says, "You have an incredible opportunity to start a movement. One that says we won't rest until the orphan crisis has ended."

"From an early age, I saw relatives and families in our church adopt or foster children. Because our church talked about it, adoption felt natural to Tony and me," said Lauren Dungy.

  • Almost half (48%) of Americans say they would go to their place of worship for information or advice about adopting according to a national survey.
  • And 78% of Americans think the country should be doing more to encourage adoption. (Source: Harris Interactive National Adoption Attitudes Survey).

The Tony Dungy Church Announcement Video offers one tool for pastors and their church communities to make an impact in this area.

Download the Free Tony & Lauren Dungy Church Announcement Video at http://www.adoptionjourney.org/dungychurchannouncement. The free download kits include:

  • 2 1/2 minute video message featuring Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy and wife Lauren Dungy
  • Instructions for downloading the video and burning to playable DVD

Additional resources are being published on www.AdoptionJourney.org for couples and families early in the consideration process about adoption. Content such as FAQ's by peer couples that have already gone through adoption, webcasts, stories featuring families and leaders involved with adoption initiatives, and biblical references related to adoption are being published on an on-going basis on the website.

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About The Adoption Journey Project
The AdoptionJourney.org Project is a collective of organizations who want to break down the barriers to adoption -- Bethany Christian Services, Lifesong for Orphans, and Lifeline Children's Services. The goal is to foster honest conversations about the adoption process, offer comprehensive yet easily accessible information about domestic and international adoption, and connect those who have already adopted with those who are thinking about it.

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