The Victor’s Voice Gathering was such an amazing weekend filled with support and love. I am so thankful I was able to connect with others who understand. I feel like I learned so much about myself and how to deal with life’s challenges. The weekend was full of activities, inspiration and resources. My spirit was fed and heart was filled with love!
This gathering was very needed for me and everyone there. I couldn’t have had a better experience. The old friendships were made stronger and wonderful new friendships were made. The speakers and various testimonials were very relatable. It was so beneficial to receive many tips, resources and support for our husbands, our family and us as wives. It was so reassuring knowing we are going through similar situations and issues. The greatest asset to this gathering was the empowerment I felt knowing there are so many wonderful women I can lean on for a lifetime. The connection this created is immeasurable.
This was a wonderful weekend on many levels. First, it provided an opportunity to reconnect with women I love dearly, but do not get to see because we no longer live near each other. Second, it provided an opportunity to re-establish community with these women who have all shared a unique life experience together. I believe going forward, that will be a special bond for support and encouragement as we face issues specifically related to our husbands’ years in football. Third, God used it to spur me to action to reach out and pray for my friends. Regardless of where I live, I can be praying for these women. And above all, it was just encouraging to be with this group of women and to meet new friends.
I really enjoyed connecting with other women who are also navigating this retirement transition. It’s helpful to know that you’re not alone. I loved seeing old friends. I really enjoyed the active listening activities, it’s so important to know how to listen well. I also really enjoyed when Wendy and Debbie spoke on Saturday. I would have loved to have heard them speak more. I thought Karyn’s story was a wonderful way to conclude the weekend. She spoke about the ‘hard’ but also talked about how God is using it all to mold her and grow her and change her. She also offered hope and women resources.
In many ways this weekend was hard. It was hard to see all of the pain and suffering that our fellow sisters are in the midst of experiencing. The truth is that we KNOW that God desires to use our pain to uplift and encourage others. He desires that we stay in community with each other so that we can lean on each other. The beauty amidst the pain was the sisterhood, times of prayer and the general feeling that it was okay that things weren’t perfect. It was okay that things were not as we would want them to be. It was okay that we have to learn a “new normal.” It was all okay because we were not alone, nor were we expected to bear the load on our own. The beauty of our football family during our husbands’ playing careers was that we became a family. We celebrated with each other. We cried with each other. We prayed with each other. We held each other’s hands. After football ended, we scattered. We no longer had the community of people who understood this part of our life (and it was a huge part). What A Victor’s Voice did was give us yet another chance to be a family. During this weekend, we celebrated with each other. We cried with each other. We prayed with each other. And again, we held each other’s hands. Sometimes you just need to be with family.
Coming to the “A Victor’s Voice” conference was a great experience. Traci and Freddy are developing a program that is much needed and long overdue for the retired NFL community. That weekend offered a safe and intimate setting, support, encouragement and best of all the beautiful hope we can all have in Jesus Christ. Having a resource like this is very beneficial and necessary for those struggling with a multitude of things post NFL career, not only for the players but the entire family. Gathering together to share stories and similar struggles in addition to similar victories would be so beneficial to my husband. He would also be able to share and hopefully bring comfort and encouragement to fellow players and families who are having a very difficult time transitioning after retirement. A Victor’s Voice is a beautiful display of serving and loving others just as Christ does for us! So honored and proud to call the Keiaho’s friends!
My experience at the Victor’s Voice weekend was a powerful time of bonding and support among women who have shared similar experiences through our husbands’ football careers. My husband and I have had the fairly unique experience of continuing to live in the city in which he played, and we have maintained close relationships with former teammates post-football. A Victor’s Voice weekend really illustrated to me how valuable these relationships are, and how each player and spouse transitioning out of football would greatly benefit from a support network of empathetic peers. Traci and Freddie organized a beautiful weekend that allowed us to fellowship, worship, network, listen, speak our stories, and ultimately gave us hope and strength through community and information. Ryan and I have been fortunate to maintain the supportive post-NFL friendships that we have, and this weekend enhanced those friendships and began new ones. It made me realize that every man and woman transitioning out of football could benefit greatly from a Christ-centered ministry focusing on their unique needs and focused on building relationships amongst NFL retirees.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to have attended the Victor’s Voice event recently. As I was struggling to deal with challenges regarding my husband, specifically ones connected to being a retired NFL athlete, I heard about this event and it was exactly what I needed. Over the years of many different hardships, it was difficult to find others who could identify with me. I needed support and it was hard to find those who could truly understand the troubles of transition, brain injury, and lost identity. Attending this weekend event brought me such support, love, connection, and education. I was able to meet and build relationships with women who have had similar stories and are experiencing similar difficulties with their husbands. Although, it is comforting to know I am not alone, it is also a strong testimony that there is a huge need to help with the many comparable struggles these men, wives, and families face. I feel that there are so many who could benefit from an intimate, compassionate event where it is safe to be vulnerable and open up about life after the NFL. I had an amazing experience with the Victor’s Voice and can’t wait for the next event. I am beyond grateful to now how these women who I can support and who can support me. I would love for there to be the same for my husband and I as a couple someday!