Madeline Manning Mims
Chaplain, Tulsa Shock
Madeline Manning Mims has led, and is leading, an interesting life. She is a four-time Olympic sprinter. Her medals include three gold and one silver. She was the women’s captain for the Olympic track teams three of the four teams she was a member. She would have competed in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, but it is was boycotted by the United States. She is a member of the US National Track and Field & Hall of Fame. Her strong faith in the Lord motivated her to serve athletes in the last seven Olympic Games as an approved Chaplain. Presently, she is preparing to go to London for this summer’s games. For the past six summer Olympic games, Madeline has been credentialed as a volunteer Chaplain.
She earned a Masters of Divinity at Oral Roberts University and is working on her doctorate. Her thesis is designed to help seminaries across the globe provide curriculum and acknowledge Sports Chaplains as important components in the arena of sport. Her 501C3 organization, the United States Council for Sports Chaplaincy, advocates this as well.
She loves her active family, dancing, singing and is a sought after speaker.
She is also a Chaplain for the Tulsa Shock, a WNBA team. Alice Simpson said of the league’s 22 chaplains who serve the 12 WNBA franchises, Manning Mims is the most experienced. “She’s been a blessing,” said Simpson, who is in her eighth year as volunteer coordinator of chaplains in the league. “She understands the expectations of athletes and playing at a premier level. We all want to glean from her.”