Hundreds of sports fans packed the house Saturday night to cheer on one of the most important people in Winnipeg. They also heard the work of Jesus in athletes' lives.

Lorne Korol is the chaplain of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Jets, and Manitoba Moose. As the chaplain, Korol is the pastor to Winnipeg's biggest sports heroes.

Several players from all three teams were on hand for the annual Pro Sports & Faith Night. Throughout the evening the crowd hear from Jets players Mark Scheifele, and Josh Morrissey, Bombers players Drake Nevis, and Brandon Alexander, as well as Bombers coach Glen Young.

As the schedule of a pro athlete is a hectic one, Korol offers chapel services and Bible studies not just to the players, but coaches, and personnel from the organizations. That's something that the athletes say they've found important to keep them rooted in faith through the ups and downs of a long season.

When people hear that Korol is a chaplain to pro sports teams, they often assume he's a staff member of the teams.

However, Korol works with the Christian organization Athletes In Action and is responsible for not only raising 100 per cent of his annual salary but his expenses as well. The annual evening is the top fundraiser for the chaplain.

Local artist Cyndi Wiebe also did a live painting on stage throughout the evening. At the end of the night, it was auctioned off in support of Korol's work. She called the painting Audience of One.

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