Kalis to speak at local church’s Men’s Day

Staff Reports • Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 10:04 AM

During his long career as one of the nation’s premiere sports newscasters, Rudy Kalis has crossed paths with some of the greatest names in sports history, such as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, Wilma Rudolph and Darrell Waltrip. 

Kalis will share some of his experiences during a message that is part of Men’s Day at Calvary Baptist Church on Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m.  

Kalis has won several prestigious awards, but he had humble beginnings. He sailed into New York harbor with his mother, father and sister as immigrants from Germany when he was only 5 years old – unable to speak English. In 1974, he was offered a job as a sports reporter and anchor at WSMV-TV in Nashville, where he has worked since. 

Kalis said the key to his longevity and success lies in the fact that he has always been able to relate the drive to succeed in sports to the same passion to succeed in life.

When he’s not working, Kalis enjoys playing basketball, golf and working outdoors. He is on the board of directors of the Jason Foundation to help prevent youth suicide, and he is a frequent speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

For more information, contact Calvary Baptist Church at 1702 Sparta Pike in Lebanon at 615-444-4847.

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