Atlanta’s Rev. Wilbur Purvis III Hosts “Just Do It Sunday” to Encourage Youth to Follow Their Dreams, Awards Nike Stock to Winners of Essay Contest

An Austell, GA. pastor wants to teach young members to “Just Do It.”

The Rev. Wilbur T. Purvis III set aside Sunday as “Just Do It Sunday” and encouraged Destiny World Church members to wear their favorite Nike gear in support of the Oregon-based company and former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Nike has made Kaepernick the face of its new ad campaign for the 30th anniversary of “Just Do It.”

That wasn’t the highlight of the day, though.

Purvis had a surprise for the congregation.

Purvis, who has pastored the 3,000-member church for 25 years, also announced that he and the church were launching an essay contest for high school students in which the top three winners would receive Nike stock worth a combined $1,000.

Others quickly stepped forward to bring the total to $3,000 in stocks to be shared among the three students.

“This was to show our appreciation for the Nike deal with Kaepernick,” said Purvis, a diehard Falcons fan. “I felt like it was a win for everybody. Of course, we’ve been pulling for Colin all along. When you take a bold stance, it’s not always popular. … A deal for Colin is a deal for our community.”

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SOURCE: Shelia Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution