I visited NYC during COVID-19 to see if the city was dead…it’s not.

The Bronx

Crotona Park East, Morris Heights and Riverdale

Two friends set new roots on their journey that has taken them from Lagos to Denver to Phoenix.

What does it mean to be a Christian athlete?

What does it mean to be a Christian athlete? It means adhering to principles of a different world; Jesus’ “Upside Down” Kingdom where greatness comes from serving, strength is found in weakness, suffering leads to glory, and enemies are loved.

It goes beyond pointing to the sky after a win or saying “God is good” only in victory. It involves quoting Philippians 4:13 in its full context.

The Christian athlete believes “every good and perfect gift is from [God] above,” therefore, there’s no room for boasting in human performance, only humility.

The Christian athlete believes “every good and perfect gift…

There are two paths to greatness: wow from the start — dominating everything from little leagues to the pros — or be an anomaly.

The Last Shall Be First

I started athletics at 17, an age deemed by many to be too late to make an impact in the sport. I didn’t break 50 seconds in the 400-meter dash until I was 19. Didn’t break 47 until I was 24. I didn’t become world-class and break 45 until this I was 27 (2018).

All my life I’ve been playing catch up but I’ve finally caught up.

To all the old-heads, late-bloomers and late-starters, you didn’t miss your chance. Sometimes the tortoise wins at the end.

Keep grinding. Turn heads. Be an anomaly.

What distinguishes elite athletes from the rest?


I’ve dedicated nine years of my life to this sport. That’s over
1,300,000 meters sprinted
600,000 pounds lifted
80,000 a-skips, block starts, leg swings
2,500 hours of YouTube
230 races (and counting)

Success is reserved for those who become commanders of craft, rulers of repetition, lords of learning.

Paul Dedewo

Paul is an American track & field athlete who specializes in the 400 meters. He was born and raised in the Bronx and trains in Phoenix.

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