In this episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview Kurt Kuykendall. Avid Christian and star goalkeeper at American University from 1970 to 1973 who turned pro, became a member of the US Olympic soccer team and went on to play in the North American Soccer League for the Washington Diplomats, the New York City Cosmos, the California Sunshine, and the Rochester Lancers.
Kurt Kuykendall playing for the Washington Diplomats
“With God, all things are possible.” I’m sure you’ve heard this said before, in one way or another. But have you ever seen the power that this phrase can have? I certainly didn’t until I spoke with Kurt Kuykendall about his athletic journey. Kurt began as a basketball player, aspiring to one day go to the Olympics and represent his country wearing that red, white, and blue. After working hard every single day, Kurt found himself cut from both his high school and his college basketball teams. He was crushed, until he discovered that perhaps basketball wasn’t his sport. After much convincing from his friends, Kurt conceded to play in a soccer scrimmage for his fraternity just after being kicked off the American University basketball team. Kurt took on the position of goalkeeper, and though he struggled initially, he fell in love with the sport. After only three months of training, Kurt found himself as the starting goalkeeper on a division 1 soccer team. For his successes at American, Kurt was named a 1973 Honorable Mention All American Soccer Player. Following his illustrious college career, Kurt saw his Olympic dreams come true as he was granted the opportunity to play in the Games. He went on to play professionally for a number of years, even playing alongside Pele during his time with the New York City Cosmos.
Kurt Kuykendall’s incredible career paired with his steadfast beliefs and humble dedication to God prompted the creation of the movie “For the Glory.” The film showcases his life from his childhood through the conquering of his Olympic dream, all the while crediting God with getting him to where he was. It was honor to have the opportunity to speak with him and I truly hope that you enjoy my interview with goalkeeping legend, Kurt Kuykendall.
Kurt Kuykendall with Jason Burkey who portrayed Kuykendall in the film “For the Glory.”
If you are interested in seeing the film based on Kurt Kuykendall’s inspiring story, you can visit http://fortheglorythemovie.com/.
Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.