Ray Hacke

Ray Hacke is a graduate of the WJI Mid-Career Course.

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Faith without sight

Sports | Blindness hasn’t stopped Jake Olson from achieving football dreams and inspiring others
by Ray Hacke
Posted 11/07/18, 03:32 pm

Facing the loss of an eye to cancer for the second time—and mentally preparing to go through life blind—young Jake Olson turned to God in prayer. Olson, now 21, believes God responded by giving him a sense of strength and peace and encouragement to wait and see what He had in store for him.

“Obviously,” Olson says, “it’s been something pretty special.”

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Faith and courage

Sports | Pro soccer player doesn’t cower to LGBT bullies
by Ray Hacke
Posted 6/26/18, 10:42 am

It’s somewhat fitting that Jaelene Hinkle plays for a professional soccer team called the Courage.

She’s needed courage in standing firm in her Christian convictions involving the month-long LGBT celebration known as “Pride.”

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Trans-forming record books

Sports | Will the success of two transgender sprinters in Connecticut spur legal changes?
by Ray Hacke
Posted 6/14/18, 01:18 am

The fastest times ever run in the girls’ 100 and 200 meters at Connecticut’s State Open high-school track and field championships now belong to a boy.

Coaches, athletes, sportswriters, and even the head of Connecticut’s prep sports governing body recognize some injustice in that. Still, perhaps fearful of being branded bigots, many seem unwilling to fight back against what is becoming a trend in high-school sports.

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