Danilo Felix is on staff with Athletes in Action (AIA), a branch of CRU, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ. He currently serves as the Director of Pro Soccer in the Tampa Bay, FL area. He works with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, a professional soccer team in the United Soccer League (USL), serving as the team chaplain since 2010. Within this role he leads Bible studies and pre-game chapels, disciple players, minister to front office staff, help coordinate the team’s community involvement, and assist with anything else that adds value for the club and players. As part of his role through AIA, he serves as the liaison between the league chaplains and the USL, which is headquartered in Tampa. He is also responsible for chaplain care (encouragement and wellness) for the 30+ USL league chaplains. He is a part of the AIA International Chaplaincy Acceleration Team to help develop and train chaplains to serve professional and Olympic athletes around the world, currently responsible for developing and overseeing the program in Puerto Rico.
In addition to his duties as a chaplain, he partners with other AIA/CRU staff in the area to help, assist, and contribute to their ministries as needed. He utilizes soccer as a platform to impact the local community with the Gospel through coaching, mentorship and speaking engagements. It is his desire to give everyone in professional soccer the opportunity to hear the name of Jesus Christ. He would like to see the spiritual culture of soccer in North America changed for Christ! There are Christians in every team and chaplains are investing in their lives and encouraging them to reach their teammates, clubs, communities and those they influence for the sake of furthering God’s Kingdom and sharing the love and truth of Jesus Christ. He has a passion to see God use the game of soccer; which influences billions, as a way to share Jesus Christ in our cities, our state, our country and throughout the world. It is truly a privilege to be able to use the gifts and talents given to me to share Christ to professional soccer players and student athletes in the Tampa Bay area and empower them to use their platform to influence others for Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
During COVID-19, he became a certified Mental Health Coach by the American Association of Christian Counselors to provide additional value to the players, coaches and chaplains he serves. He is a member of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL and is supported by his wife Robyn and son Jackson.