In The Public Arena

Sports Fan Outreach International Shares Faith with Fans 

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At Issue: Religious Expression in the Public Arena
Case Status: Closed

The Big Picture

Over the past few years, Liberty Institute has successfully represented Sports Fan Outreach International, a Christian ministry that facilitates short-term mission trips to major sporting events throughout the U.S. and the world, providing volunteers an opportunity to share their faith peacefully and lawfully with fans around the stadiums and host cities.

Why This Case Matters

In the past, general terms like “solicitation bans” impeded the religious liberty rights of Christians who were lawfully and peacefully sharing their faith and distributing free religious literature. Liberty Institute ensures that the First Amendment rights of these missionaries are protected, and that the federal and local laws are fairly enforced.

The Facts

  • Sports Fan Outreach International (SFOI) is a short-term mission agency that takes teams of people across the U.S. and the world to share faith with fans at major sporting events.
  • Over the past few years, Liberty has worked with SFOI to provide its members with important information on their constitutional rights to Free Speech and Free Exercise of Religion.
  • We successfully guided the group through major events, including the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey, the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
  • To prepare for these events, Liberty Institute attorneys and our top-notch volunteer attorneys work closely with host officials to confirm that religious free speech and the free distribution of religious literature will not be impeded.
  • After guidelines are finalized, Liberty Institute attorneys stand by during the events to consult police and security personnel on religious freedom and to ensure the laws are fairly enforced.

What You Can Do
Through our work, SFOI has successfully shared their faith with thousands of sports fans across the country without fear of retribution or disturbance from local law enforcement.

You can help us continue that work through your generous financial support. Remember, every dollar donated multiplies in value thanks to the amazing volunteer attorneys that selflessly donate their time to the cause of religious freedom.

If you know of a ministry or organization like SFOI that needs guidance or information, please have them contact us at 972-941-4444, or send us an email at


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