Power Team is in town

Published 7:00 pm Friday, March 4, 2011

Members of The Power Team, a group of Christian athletes, are in Bainbridge this weekend performing amazing feats of strength and giving their testimony.

Having already performed on Thursday and Friday nights, they will finish up their visit with two shows on Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

What’s in store for those who go to Memorial Coliseum to see The Power Team?

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How about 2,000 pounds of solid ice stacked up on stage, being shattered into ice cubes by a man running head-first into them?

The Power Team athletes will demolish stacks of bricks and concrete and perform other feats of strength that involve things set on fire.

The three athletes, who are in Bainbridge and are part of a larger 20-member team, visited local schools on Thursday and Friday to let students get a preview of what they might see during the evening shows.

Power Team member Matt Dopson, also known as “Timber,” and “Saber,” the team’s only female member, were at Bainbridge Middle School as one of the team’s destinations this week. Dopson, a former college football player is 6-foot-3 and weighing 305 pounds. He was able to bend a bar of one-inch-thick steel over his head and tie its ends into a knot.

“Saber,” a former college basketball player, is 6-foot-1 and is strong enough to break a wooden baseball bat over her leg.

However, the reason Power Team members travel 35 weeks out of the year to perform and speak is not because they enjoy the exertion of their stunts, “Saber” said.

The team has a positive, inspirational message for youth: That their lives have value, that each young person has the potential to accomplish their hopes and dreams. The key to doing so, Saber told BMS students, is staying away from anything that might deter them, such as illegal drugs, alcohol and bad behavior.

“Never lose sight of your goal,” Saber told the students. “People are going to tell you that you can’t make it … tough times don’t last. Tough people do. Some of you may be going through stuff that no one should ever have to deal with, but I promise you there will be a better day if you stick it out.”

Children and adults can get admission to the Power Team’s shows at the Coliseum for a suggested donation of $2 each night.

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