On Sunday, the Stanford Cardinals women's basketball team won their first title in 29 years by defeating the Arizona Wildcats 54-53 in the NCAA women's championship game.
Among the leaders of the winning team is Anna Wilson, who is the sister of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson, a professing Christian, tweeted a message glorifying Christ ahead of the championship game.
"You can do all things! Jesus you always come through", she tweeted Sunday afternoon.
You can do all things! Jesus you always come through.— Anna Wilson (@a_willy03) April 4, 2021
Her Twitter bio has Colossians 3:23 listed, which reads, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."
Her brother, Russell, tweeted an encouraging message to his sister celebrating the win.
"Drive. Will. Passion. Energy. You've earned it all through hard work, leadership, prayer, & immeasurable faith," he wrote. "I Love You Anna Wilson. I Love You Champ. @a_willy03".
Drive. Will. Passion. Energy.— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 5, 2021
You’ve earned it all through hard work, leadership, prayer, & immeasurable Faith.
I Love You Anna Wilson.
I Love You Champ. @a_willy03 pic.twitter.com/5Q8MLX9NtF
Wilson was also named Pac-12 Women's Basketball Co-Defensive Player of the Year last month.
In an article published to ESPN last April, Wilson attributed her success to her faith.
"When things aren't going my way, and it's tough on the court, I always whisper, 'He must increase, I must decrease,'" she said. "That's John 3:30. I wrote that on my left wrist and 'joy' on the top of my left hand before every practice. For me, that means minimizing myself — to put others first, and Jesus first, is more important than anything else. My faith has helped me with my definition of success. It's definitely not all about me."
Wilson added that God blessed her with a family of friends and mentors at Stanford after her father passed away.
"With all the ups and downs of being a student-athlete at the most competitive academic and athletic university, I've learned more than I could've imagined," she continued. "I wouldn't change a thing. I have friends and mentors for a lifetime. When I lost a dad, God provided an entire family that helped me become the woman I am today. I know my dad would be proud."
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.