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Refuge Student Ministries to host flag football tournament for projects

October 19, 2011

What better way to bring a community together than through sports.
Saturday, the Refuge Student Ministries will team up with Tyson Lee, former Mississippi State quarterback, for the inaugural Tyson Lee Flag Football tournament.

All proceeds raised for the 7-on-7 match ups will go towards the student ministries to help with their goals.

“It will help local and non-local service projects, worship retreats and just anything that would help with their curriculum,” Student Minister Corbin Coker said.

Games will start at 10 a.m and continue until the tournament concludes. The contests will be double elimination 10-mintue halves with a three minute intermission. Teams, which can include up to 15 players, must wear same color jerseys and provide their own football. The tournament will be held at the Jesse Harmon Sportsplex.

Not only will the proceeds benefit the student ministries, but Lee will be on site with his merchandise to help raise money for homes in Haiti.

“With me being a youth pastor and knowing his relationship with God, and how verbal and outspoken he is about Christ, he was a great person to team up with,” Coker said.

Lee, a Columbus native who played football at Itawamba Community College before suiting up for MSU as a walk-on, earned a degree in Secondary Education. Lee has helped with various outreach programs speaking with local students about his journey.

The Refuge has already held a fundraiser with a football camp for Christ which was a huge success. Coker said they plan on hosting something every other month and plan to to continue this 7-on-7 tournament in the future. Other sports include basketball and baseball, to coincide with the seasons.

The ministry itself, which is described as “Christ centered, faith in action” has been around for just a couple of months, and Coker, a Hattiesburg native, was chosen as the youth director to “mentor these kids and work on their relationship with Christ and God.” He said sports is a great avenue to connect all kids through.

“It’s a good outlet to get them outside, away from video games and hanging out in the house all day,” he said. “They can interact with other kids and their friends. An you teach them through the sports life lessons, like playing together, having good sportsmanship and ultimately, model yourself after Christ.”

For more information about the tournament, contact Coker at 601-434-1276 or email

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