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Kevin Benton attended Jules Mastbaum High School in Philadelphia, where he lettered 3 years in varsity basketball earning the 1990 Philadelphia Public League Player of the Year, Joint Effort All-America and Sportsmanship awards as a senior. He earned a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Delaware where he attended college for (2) years. Sensing the call of God on his life, he left his scholarship situation at Delaware to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. where he majored in Psychology and played basketball for the team. Liberty is the world's largest Evangelical Christians Schools, founded by the late, great Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell. Liberty's basketball team made history in 1994-1995 by being the first Christian School to ever play in the NCAA tournament against another Philadelphia native and friend, Rasheed Wallace and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Kevin was also blessed to meet his college sweetheart and wife, Nikki Benton, at Liberty, whom he married on September 13, 1997.
Upon leaving Liberty, Kevin had the opportunity to play (3) years of professional basketball, one year in Europe and two years in Mainland China. While in China, during the leagues Christmas celebration, he was blessed to meet and to be featured on the front page of the Chinese newspaper with his favorite martial artists, actor and special guest, Jackie Chan.
He was also invited to some N.B.A. camps during his career, including the Philadelphia 76ers, where he played against multiple N.B.A. Champions, Kobe Bryant and Rick Mahorn. Other N.B.A. players included Jerome Allen of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Paul "Snoop" Graham of the Atlanta Hawks, Shawn Harvey of the Dallas Mavericks and a host of many other great professional basketball players. Along with these experiences, during the summers he also participated in a host of missions trips overseas with Athlete n' Action and the Christ Crusaders.
As the only ex-professional athlete in the group, he was invited on the CBS News Early Show hosted by Susan Koeppen , which aired nationally, to be a participant in the POWER*BALANCE Performance Technology Energy Band Exercise Experiment , at The Sports Complex at the Chelsea Piers in New York City. N.B.A players and professional athletes in various different sports wear these wrist bands. The experiment was conducted to test the authenticity of the bands. The experiment was a lot of fun but the results were very, very interesting.
Kevin was also featured on the FOX 29, 10 o'clock News as a camp counselor, working a well respected Basketball Camp that helps kids. The name of the camp is called the Germantown Friends Basketball, Reading, Computer Summer Camp.
Kevin is currently employed by the City of Philadelphia's Department of Human Services as a Child Care Social Worker and really, really loves his job. Approaching his job with seriousness, especially due to all the horrific things that are happening to our children in today's society, he gets the opportunity to protect, share and shower them with unconditional love. In this same process, he provides professional services for children and youth, who have been abandoned, neglected, mistreated or have misbehaved. He also provides services for their families as well.
His wife, Nikki Benton also has a passion and zeal to work with children as well. She is an awesome educator and teacher who also has a rare gift to relate to and reach women as well. Approaching her job as an awesome opportunity to serve and influence children in positive ways, she teaches children that range from toddlers to school age. She currently works as a Lead Teacher and is a true profession as well.
Kevin and Nikki Benton has since moved forward in their journey in life. Along with serving in their local church, Kevin and Nikki Benton also actively serve in their community. Their hearts desire is to use their faith to bring hope, help and healing to the lives of people. Kevin has a broken heart for the lost and a compassion for the misfortunes, pain and sufferings of people in general. To add to this, He especially has a haert for today's youth and young adults.
Kevin is an awesome persuasive speaker and is the author of the published BEST SELLING book, "A Field Trip to Hell" where readers will be, surprisingly despite the title, encourage and inspired by his personal story of trails and tribulations, or what we sometimes refer to as having gone through "hell" in life, that continuously leads to triumph. Afterwards, be informed as readers can experience the 30 revealed torments of Hell firsthand, without having to stay for eternity in a fictional and non-threatening way. He has an awesome personal testimony that is sure to motivate everyone and really enjoys talking about his unusual book.
Kevin is the Chief Section Contributor and Editor over the Christianity Department of the approved news Google site, GOD DISCUSSION, which is characterized as conservative, liberal, Christianity, religious and atheist making it a "big tent." GOD DISCUSSION is linked as a site to watch on THE REVEALER conceived by Jay Ronsen of New York University's Department of Journalism and created by Journalist Jeff Sharlet and Kathryn. GOD DISCUSSION has been cited by reputable sites such as The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Free Republic, Democratic Underground, Science Blogs, Raw Story, Mother Jones, Crooks & Liars, Salon, Think Progress, Open Congress, RH Reality Check and Town Hall. His responsibility is to submit one article each week that serves to educate and inform readers in his respective area of Christianity, as Google is one of the top three sites for news finding-outranking traditional news sites such as the New York Times.
Kevin has a great personality and truly is a very unique man who possesses so many gifts, talents and abilities.