Advice from a church sports leader released after 14 years of service

Chris Mecham has helped organize dozens of basketball, softball and volleyball tournaments, as well as officiating in countless games during his 14 years of involvement with LDS Church sports including as a stake athletic director, regional director and most recently as one of the Utah Salt Lake City Area directors.

"I loved being in sports – could have been there all my life," said Mecham, who has recently been released. "I’m a gym rat and love being in that environment. I’m a little jealous of those of you who still get to work in the program. Church sports was the funnest thing I’ve ever done and therefore the easiest calling I’ve ever served in. What do I like about church sports? I appreciate good athletes, a well run program and great sportsmanship. I’ve seen all of that in my years of service.”

Long before that, he participated as a competitor, starting as a youth. Through it all he’s been a patient leader who has given enormous amounts of time to help the program achieve its potential in changing people’s lives for the better.

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