Emily Curlett

Everything I have and everything I am is yours, Lord.

Totus Tuus.

Where I serve

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable (1 Corinthians 9:25).

After a lifetime of pursing a perishable crown in sports, God called me out of professional hockey for the imperishable crown of serving the next generation of college students at The University of Northern Iowa. UNI Fight! 

My Story

I am grateful to have been raised going to a Catholic school, but by the time I got to high school, being catholic was very transactional and I didn’t know how to pray, much less have a relationship with God. Like most student-athletes, pursuit of success and sports became my idol and identity, and I fell away from my faith after high school.

In my first three years of college hockey I progressively had more success, but also progressively became a product of a godless college culture. Most of all, though, no amount of points, grades, or titles could fix my anxiety, perfectionism, and low self-worth. At the end of my junior year, I hit a rock bottom and knew something had to change— it was there that God met me, and I had a conversion back to my faith.

After RMU cut its hockey programs, I transferred to The Ohio State University for my fifth year, where we won our first national championship. While it seemed like the pinnacle of success, I felt lost and it exposed my desperate need for community and a deeper conversion.

After graduating, I stayed in Columbus and played in a professional women’s hockey league in North America, coaching youth hockey and training full time. God transformed my life and brought me so much peace and joy through my friendship with FOCUS missionaries over the following two years of my time in Ohio. He revealed and deepened my true identity as a daughter of God, and graciously allowed me to fail, suffer, and experience injuries to be open to the plan he had for me. It was after a back injury, being a last cut in the US, and spending the remainder of the season in Europe that I finally abandoned myself to God’s will for my life instead of my own. I felt called to something bigger, something more than the familiarity and comfort of just being a hockey player.

And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; come, follow me.” (Mark 10: 21). I feel incredibly blessed by the gift of sport in my life; I am excited for the opportunity with FOCUS to ‘sell what I have,’ to follow Jesus, and to bring as many others with me as I seek the treasure of heaven.


Your Impact

By answering the call to FOCUS, I am not only metaphorically, but in a way literally ‘selling all I have’ in choosing to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to allow me to follow this call to mission. I believe colleges are filled with lost souls who like me, were looking for fulfillment in all of the wrong places. My mission is to walk with athletes through the success, suffering, and everything in between to show them the unconditional love of God and the freedom of an identity rooted in the truth of Jesus Christ. I would be honored to be supported on mission by you, and to share my prayers, joys, and impact on campus with you. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to contact you and I would be blessed to schedule an appointment with you to share more of my testimony and mission with you.

(810) 728-8501

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