Coach Joe Kennedy


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 He Stood for Christ by Taking a Knee

Wagner Faith & Freedom Center Leadership Series at Spring Arbor University

Join us for two special events on April 24, 2024:

12:30 Coaches and Athletes 

McDonald Athletic Center

5:30 Student Body and Community

McDonald Athletic Center

From the time he began coaching high school football in 2008, Coach Joe Kennedy made a covenant with God to take a knee in prayer on the field after every game.  In 2015, this decision cost him his job.  

The Coach challenged the decision and was thrust in the spotlight.  His case is one of the most important religious liberty cases in recent history.  After a seven-year legal battle, the Supreme Court decided the case in his favor on June 27, 2022.  Kennedy’s story of faith, courage, and determination captured the attention of the nation.  

This coach stood for Christ by taking a knee.  Come hear his story.

Reserve your space now at You must register by March 17th in order to attend.

Coach Kennedy’s Bio

Coach Joe Kennedy, an eighteen-year Marine veteran, was an assistant coach for the
Bremerton High School (BHS) varsity football team. Before he even coached his first game, the
Marine-turned-football coach made a commitment to God that he would give thanks at the
conclusion of each game for what the players had accomplished and for the opportunity to be
part of their lives through football. This was met with disapproval from his school district and
turned into a lengthy court battle. On June 27, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Coach
Kennedy and his First Amendment right and on March 8, 2023, Coach Kennedy was officially
reinstated as assistant coach and is excited to be back with his team. Joe and his wife, Denise,
are parents to four and reside currently in Pensacola. A film inspired by his life is in
development. He continues to speak across the country promoting freedom of speech. Connect
with him online at

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