Team Impact brings message to students, parents at Cartersville First Baptist rally
by Jessica Loeding
Oct 24, 2010 | 2771 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With feats straight out of a strongman competition, Team Impact will make the last of their local appearances tonight.

Having visited about 10 area schools and talking to almost 6,000 students, the four-man "team" will grace the stage at Cartersville First Baptist Church for the last of three night rallies.

Frank Bennett, worship pastor for the church, said both he and Pastor Randall Williams had worked with the Dallas, Texas-based Team Impact in the past.

"After ... experiences in Texas and knowing what Team Impact does for the community, we just really thought Cartersville needs that impact," he said.

Team Impact, a group of world-class athletes, including champion power-lifters, previous WWE wrestlers, and former NFL football players, travels the globe motivating and inspiring people of all ages, according to a press release.

"They use feats of strength to ... grab the kids' attention. What they'll do is talk to the kids about making good choices in life: 'Show me your friends and I'll show you your future,'" Bennett said, adding he had received compliments from teachers and administrators at area schools.

Taking into account the problems facing young people today, Team Impact speaks to students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and enforces the importance of education.

The leader of the crew visiting Cartersville this week is Jeff Neal, a former NFL player who spent time with the Houston Oilers.

Bennett said Team Impact employs former Olympians, professional athletes and wrestlers who are excellent communicators.

"So you look at these supermen -- 'The Incredibles,' 'No Ordinary Family' that's kinda what these guys are. That alone kinda catches the student's eye. Another thing that catches their attention is the way these guys communicate. They are super communicators," he said, adding that during a presentation at Cartersville High School "you could hear a pin drop."

While performers bring a positive message to students, they adapt that message to parents and adults during the events at Cartersville First Baptist, Bennett said.

"They'll use a lot of that message. They'll sort of expand that message to adults: 'Here you are with this life you have.' As adults we have the same kind of choices as kids have. We have choices we can make that are the result of the next year of my life, the next 10 or 20, eternal choices, things I'm going to live with eternally.

"We had a lot of dads there [Friday] night. Men are attracted to this. They speak to men and fathers about, 'You are the one leading the families. What kind of choices are we making? You have a responsibility,'" Bennett said.

Tonight's rally, beginning at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Bennett suggested arriving early as capacity in the main auditorium may be limited and overflow rooms have been set up.

Cartersville First Baptist Church is located at 241 Douthit Ferry Road in Cartersville. For more information, call 770-382-4994.