Lions Football Club

an opportunity for athletes Age 14-18 (homeschool, private, and public school)

Must be within 14 years old by Sept. 1st and 18 years old at the end of the season (athletes may not participate if they are under 14 by Sept. 1st of their first fall season or will turn 19 during the season). Athletes will only be allowed to participate a maximum of 4 seasons at varsity level.

• Friday, May 31st – commitment and registration deadline
‣ Initial fee $150 due to fit equipment (total of $250 due prior to first practice
August 5th)
‣ Can fundraise some or all of $250 fee (fundraising letter provided)
‣ Help with team fundraising will be required of all participants
• May/June – weights and/or workouts
• June/July – Summer workouts with pads and helmets
• July 8-11 – FCA Camp in Jacksonville (encouraged, not required…additional cost)
• July 29 – first week of official practices
• 1st Game of 2024 Season – August 17th @ IL Crusaders (Scrimmage)


(Lions football is a HS age Club Football partnership between Kingdom Sports & Christian Life Academy, based in Central IL)

“Doing Sports God’s Way” means playing football “TO BY FOR” According TO the word of God ~ BY the power of God ~ FOR the glory of God

Foundation is Jesus Christ and the Word of God

Lions Football

is a training ground, for players and all involved, in doing life God’s way. Focused on how
to know Christ and to max out God-given ability for Him in the midst of football and life. This goes far beyond prayer to God before and after competition and into what it means “to be transformed into the likeness of His son.” (Romans 8:29) Redefining how we use the words Goal, Winning, Audience, and Motivation.

In Romans 12:1 Paul says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Knowing the sacrifice made for us on the cross we are to offer all of ourselves to God as a sacrifice. This means that competing God’s way is a “holy and pleasing” offering to God and an “act of worship.”

Want to financially be a part of what all God is doing through this program? You would be helping with the cost for athletes to participate in what we believe will be a 20+ year return on their lives. Helping them in the process of who they are becoming and an investment in who they will be 20+ years from now.

Checks can be made and sent to Christian Life Academy, 222 Tremont St., Hopedale, IL 61747 with “Lions Football” in the memo.



Head Coach, Cole Espenschied



Athletic Director, Josh Horning



other coaches include:

Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Daric Rademaker
Assistant Coach/Strength & Conditioning, James Holliday