TONYA MAY AVENT
Church, Family, and Sports shaped her childhood. Tonya May Avent is a true competitor by nature.
As the wife of a USA Basketball, FIBA, Semi-Pro and High School Basketball coach and mother to 2 All-American athletes, sports heavily impact her daily life.
Tonya started playing sports at the age of 5, participating in Softball, Field Hockey, Basketball, and Track & Field through high school, winning many awards and accolades. A restrictive academic college scholarship ended her competitive play, but she continued to enjoy playing intramurally through adulthood.
A self-proclaimed “church-kid”, she grew up as a daughter of a minister (now pastor), and accepted Jesus Christ into her heart at the tender age of 6. Raised in a stringent Christian household, Tonya attended Christian elementary and junior high schools, along with weekly Sunday School throughout her formidable years.
Attending church services with her family 5-6 times each week, she heard countless sermons, and read and memorized numerous scriptures. She entered adulthood knowing a myriad of scriptures in her mind, but not always in her heart.
After serving 8+ years in children, youth, and women’s ministries, Tonya saw a unique dynamic in place. The young people she taught did not have a firm grasp or understanding of the Word of God, or Christianity in general.
As a parent, Tonya found the same dynamic in her own family. Time dedicated to year-round sports replaced family and devotional time. She realized her children’s knowledge of the Bible and relationship with God needed to be stronger to help them overcome the temptations they would face during their adolescent years, and to help them deal with the mental and physical rigor, as well as the pressures faced by young athletes.
It was while attending Bible Training school that Tonya discovered her spiritual gifts: Faith, Knowledge, and Teaching. It was during that time that she realized that her purpose was to teach God’s Word in a relevant and applicable way. Tonya knew she was called to help others overcome challenges in life, but in particular, she knew her life’s experiences in the world of sports would be beneficial to sports-focused families raising Christian athletes in a cut-throat world.
As a lifetime athlete, and mother of athletes, Tonya knows that a strategy is needed to be successful, no matter the level of play. Today, she believes that the Word of God is a guide of strategies and direction for believers to overcome every trial in their lives.
Tonya started Destined 4 the Dub Ministries, which focuses on ministering the gospel through a sports lens, on the premise of 1 Corinthians 15:57: Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.