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As a child of athletes, a former athlete herself (field hockey, softball, and track & field), the wife of a USA Basketball, FIBA, Semi-Pro and High School Basketball coach, and mother to 2 former All-American athletes, sports heavily impacted Tonya May Avent for most of her life.

Until a serious injury to her oldest daughter completely changed everything...

While her daughter was recovering, Tonya started blogging about her faith journey through her daughter’s recovery, and Destined 4 the Dub was born, which focuses on ministering the gospel through a sports lens. A few years later, Tonya started Faith-Filled Moms, a ministry that provided biblical and emotional support and content to encourage, uplift, and inspire women experiencing difficult seasons in life.

Tonya now blogs as Busy Christian Sports Mom, sharing the ups and down of navigating through a life full of faith, family, and sports.

Tonya is an award-winning author, engaging speaker, and contributing writer for Guideposts magazine. She has also contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul and Stay Focused magazine. Her first book, Using God’s Playbook for the Game of Life: 52 Scriptures Your Young Athlete Should Know Before Sending Them Off Into the World is a devotional for young athletes published in October 2022.

Tonya hosts a weekly online show, Moms Night In, where she interviews and shares the stories of faith-filled moms facing difficult situations in life, to encourage, uplift, and inspires others who may be experiencing similar challenges.

Tonya has been married to Kenny Avent for 20 years. They reside in New Jersey with their two daughters, Kennedi (18) and Kassadi (15).

Contributing Writer for Guideposts Magazine

  • VIDEO:She Learned to Focus on Her Daughter, Not Sports (watch)

Contributing Writer for Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Grieving Lost & Healing: 101 Stories of Comfort & Recovery 


Chicken Soup for the Soul - I'm Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage, & Hope

This collection of comforting and encouraging stories provides support in your time of need. Losing a loved one, whether a parent, a child, a spouse, a sibling, or a dear friend is a shared human experience. In these 101 true, personal stories, you’ll read how others handled their loss and found their way to recovery, acceptance, and eventually happiness. Find inspiration in stories about coping with loss, regaining your strength, appreciating life, and finding new joy.

Black women are speaking, for themselves and their families, and everyone is listening. This unique collection of stories is for readers of all colors, not just the Black community, as these contributors share their dreams, their triumphs and failures, and their lives, which have unique challenges and hardships that are not well understood by others. Readers of color will recognize their own struggles in these pages, and white readers will benefit from an inside view of Black life in America, Canada and beyond.

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