Sports World Ministries, Inc.

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Sports World Ministries, Inc. ("SW") sends professional athletes to share personal life experiences with students to help them recognize the consequences of their choices and to challenge them with the message of hope.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Sports World Ministries, Inc.
1919 S Post Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46239


Phone: (317) 862-7325

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 237073822

CEO/President: Tim Kirchmer

Chairman: Dean Donahue

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. Ira L. Eshleman

Ruling year: 1997

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our focus at Sports World is to help students see the value of making positive choices in their life. We are also here to come alongside teachers and administrators, reinforcing what they are already teaching. Our focus is not to create shame for making bad decisions, but to show students they can choose a better way.

As our tagline says... "You're not born a Winner; You're not born a Loser; You're born a CHOOSER."

Mission statement

Sports World is sending former professional athletes to share personal life experiences with students, helping them to recognize the consequences of their choices while challenging them with the Message of Hope.

Statement of faith

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Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating467 of 103313 of 30
Fund acquisition rating429 of 103513 of 30
Resource allocation rating1026 of 103530 of 30
Asset utilization rating22 of 10331 of 30

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$30,589$19,040$28,213$26,507$40,703
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$116,276$29,236$47,233$85,947$172,375
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$43,542$44,592$52,107$45,525$45,599
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$43,542$44,592$52,107$45,525$45,599
Total assets$159,818$73,828$99,340$131,472$217,974
Payables and accrued expenses$113,042$209,647$82,457$19,473$23,702
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$113,042$209,647$82,457$19,473$23,702
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$166,708$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$279,750$209,647$82,457$19,473$23,702
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions($119,932)($135,819)$16,883$109,397$189,067
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$2,602$5,205
Net assets($119,932)($135,819)$16,883$111,999$194,272
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$997,532$1,066,894$1,069,492$1,048,931$966,070
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$187$180$109$25$47
Other revenue$0$0$0($24,240)($12,990)
Total other revenue$187$180$109($24,215)($12,943)
Total revenue$997,719$1,067,074$1,069,601$1,024,716$953,127
Program services$464,395$663,535$585,351$805,545$680,492
Management and general$458,837$484,762$566,205$175,507$177,685
Total expenses$981,832$1,229,726$1,164,717$1,106,989$949,209
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$15,887($162,652)($95,116)($82,273)$3,918
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$15,887($162,652)($95,116)($82,273)$3,918


Tim KirchmerPresident$109,878

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/31/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Sports World was founded in 1978 by Ira Lee "Doc" Eshleman. Through the Chaplaincy Program he started for the NFL/AFL, Doc developed a passion to give young people role models that would inspire them to make positive choices. He realized that professional athletes who have learned from their own experiences could inspire young people and be they role models they need.

Over the last 43 years, Sports World has reached over 20.1 million young people in the United States and internationally with the Message of Hope: that they are loved and that their lives have value and purpose. We bring hope and help for the immediate problems young people are experiencing and the opportunity to discover that hope is ultimately found in a relationship with Jesus.

Sports World reaches students through in-person and virtual school assemblies, SEL programs, and social media channels. We provide ongoing encouragement and resources to equip and empower young people long after our events have concluded.

Our methods have adapted due to COVID, but our commitment and goal remain the same: to bring desperately-needed HOPE to children and teens.

Program accomplishments

Since the start of the 2019-2020 school year:
109,054 students have been impacted by Sports World
33,139 students have made a drug-free decision


If you are under 18 and need help on any issues, dial 1-800-HIT-HOME - 24 hours a day, a real person will talk to you, tell you where to get help, and help give you hope. No problem is too big or too small. No hassles, just help, free.

SW does not charge schools for school assemblies and depends upon financial contributions and donations from individuals, corporations, and organizations that believe in the importance of youth making good decisions. Normally, SW's school assembly forums are financed by organizations in communities for the youth. SW's forums, 3 assemblies a day for 3 consecutive days, costs about $3,600. SW usually addresses about 4,000 students an engagement.

If you would like to bring a Pro to your community to speak to youth on the importance of making good choices or for information on scheduling a Sports World Ministries former Professional Athlete to speak in your school or community event, contact a Sports World Field Representative at:
(800) 832-6546 or (317) 862-7325
or E-mail: [email protected]

If you would like to support Sports World Ministries in your community, send your contribution payable to:
Sports World, Inc.
1919 S. Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239