Focus on the Family and
Family Policy Alliance are issuing a:
NATIONWIDE CALL TO PRAYER ON
THE 50-YARD LINE
Sunday, April 24th
Pray for the Coach Who Was Fired for Praying
For years, Coach Kennedy would pray quietly on the 50-yard line following his games. Then, one day, the school fired him simply for praying by himself. Learn more about Coach Kennedy’s story.
Now, his case is headed to the Supreme Court. Our friends at First Liberty Institute will be defending his God-given right to pray—a right that matters for all who cherish religious freedom and their relationship with God. We can’t go with Coach to the High Court, but we can join together as believers to pray.
On Sunday, April 24th – the day before the Court hearing – people across the nation will be gathering on their local school’s 50-yard line to pray for Coach Kennedy and religious freedom in America. Coach needs your prayers and so does our country!
COMMIT TO PRAY TOGETHER
Plan where you will pray.
We encourage you to find a school 50-yard line where you can gather with family, friends, or members of your church on Sunday. Make sure the school’s field is open to the public on Sundays. If not, you may want to consider selecting a different school or the practice field. Or, if no school fields are open to the public in your community, consider simply meeting to pray in front of the school.
Can’t make it to a 50-yard line on Sunday? Please join the nation in prayer for Coach Kennedy wherever you are on Sunday, April 24th. Use #Pray50 on social media and share how you prayed for Coach and religious freedom in America!
SPREAD THE WORD
This is a nationwide call to prayer — about our right to pray!
Please post on social media using #Pray50 to let others know you’ll be participating!
You can also consider making an announcement during your church service, Bible study, or other faith-based events to encourage others to attend with you. We have a free #Pray50 event card you can download to print for yourself or make copies for others.
Sunday the 24th is the day of prayer.
Please pray for Coach Kennedy, his lawyers at First Liberty Institute who will represent him at the Supreme Court, and religious freedom in our country.
Bring family, friends, church members, and more to pray on a 50-yard line near you—or wherever you can pray together—on Sunday! Share about your #Pray50 prayer time on social media so that Coach can see how many believers are supporting him in prayer as he goes before the Court.
USE THE HASHTAG #PRAY50
Show the power of prayer across the country!
Use #Pray50 on social media whenever and wherever you pray on Sunday, April 24th.
Share a video of your group praying, post pictures on the 50-yard line (or wherever you’ve gathered), share specific prayers, or simply tag your location. Share why the right to pray matters to you, and use #Pray50 to help spread the message around the country!
Remember to use #Pray50 in your post!
COACH KENNEDY’S STORY
Coach Kennedy never imagined that God would use his simple commitment to pray in such a big way.
The truth is, Coach Kennedy could’ve been any one of us. After a rough childhood, Coach joined the Marines, serving our country for 18 years. Then, in 2008, he accepted a job as an assistant varsity coach in the state of Washington.
From his very first game and each one since, he kept his commitment to God to pray quietly on the 50-yard line following each game. After years of doing this, one day Coach was fired for praying.
Our friends at First Liberty Institute have been defending Coach and his God-given right to pray in legal battles since 2016. Now, Coach’s case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court where the nine justices will rule on the right to pray.
Coach may be the one at the Supreme Court on Monday, April 25th, but the outcome of his case is critically important for all of us who cherish religious freedom and treasure the freedom we have to pray and have a relationship with God.
Coach took a bold stand for his faith in defending the right to pray through long years of legal battles, all the while unable to coach in the game and with the players he loves.
We can’t go with Coach to the High Court to defend our right to pray, but we can join together as believers to pray for Coach and his case on Sunday, April 24th before he goes to Court.