The Istrouma sports program is such a blessing to our family. With five children we have experienced several sports organizations in our community and none compare to Istrouma in the benefits our children receive. The intentionality behind the ideals and goals of the program are so honorable and inspirational. The staff and coaches and overall environment of the program are unlike any we have experienced. There is a positive, encouraging, grace filled attitude that trickles down from the top staff all the way to the parents. Having a weekly character trait, prayers before games and singing our nation’s anthem all are just icing on the cake to the way the coaches treat the players. All of these things add up to a top notch program that sets an example for this generation that is much needed in our world of how to play sports, try your hardest and have fun, all for the glory of God. Thank you Istrouma!
My family and I have been part of ISO for many years. It’s been amazing to see the lives that God has touched through this sports ministry. The experience has been great and I love coaching! As a coach, there are so many blessings that come with developing players’ gifts, talents and character while also teaching them life lessons and biblical principles. I treasure the friendships that I have made through ISO and I’m excited to see how God will continue to use this sports ministry to transform people’s lives and our great city.
At ISO, I have always felt like I belonged there. Every time I sign up for anything, it gives me something that I love to do on a weekly basis. I have been at ISO football for six years and I have loved it ever since my first day. I would suggest this facility to anyone who wants to learn the game of their choice. ISO has a variety of sports and it keeps me coming back year after year. Mr. Woodruff, the head of ISO, is always willing to help and talk and he runs a good Christian-based organization. In conclusion, I would suggest this church/sports organization to anyone who wants a God-based sports organization.
We’ve had the privilege of partnering with ISO since 2010. Its Christ-exalting, family-centered approach has led my kids to understand the value of competing with others on the field, while learning discipline, structure, and steadfastness. We’ve had 7 kids playing in various sports over the years, and ISO has always prioritized siblings practicing on the same night, which is such a help to us. I’ve head-coached in the ministry since 2011, and I’m able to unashamedly and very intentionally disciple and lead the kids to by connecting sports principles on the field with biblical values. Thank you ISO for your dedication to honoring God and providing a healthy competitive environment.
I’ve been playing lunch bunch basketball (LBB) for about 2 years now, and it’s one of the things I look forward to during the week. I get a chance to compete (or as coach says “strive together”) with some guys who love the game just as much as I do. Normally, with pickup games, there’s confusion about which team is up next to play or there’s arguing that takes away from the game, but we don’t really have that with LBB. There’s a system that handles rotations, so everyone gets playing time, and the running clock keeps disagreements to a minimum. Add that to the fact that there’s someone that delivers a good message twice a week, and it’s definitely one of the best sports environments around in Baton Rouge. I’ve seen guys open up about personal challenges and some have even overcome those same challenges through this ministry. We have fun, we build each other…we really enjoy our newfound community.