Crosspoint Church in McKinney invites you to “Super Sunday” on Feb. 2. It’s the day of the Super Bowl and it’s the day that Jackie Griffin will be a special guest of the congregation at 2101 S. Stonebridge Drive in McKinney.
Worship celebration times are 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Griffin – mother of three, retired Army sergeant and communicator – is known by many as the mother of Heisman trophy winner, #2 overall NFL draft pick and Washington Redskins’ starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III (RG3.)
The Griffin family’s story is one of perseverance and unity. Both Jackie and husband Robert were active military Non-commissioned Officers; they were determined to challenge their children to pursue greatness. But, greatness was not defined as an athletic challenge; although two of the three Griffin children were awarded athletic scholarships to Baylor University and Northwestern State University. In the Griffin household, faith development was essential; education was for their empowerment followed by other pursuits.
Life in the US Army provided a unique environment for the Griffin family to grow. They were privileged in assignments to Fort Carson, Colorado; Okinawa, Japan; Fort Lewis, Washington; New Orleans; Seoul, Korea and Fort Hood, Texas. They experienced different cultures and dynamic of living conditions of a mobile military family where Jackie and Robert focused on the opportunities of the regions. While assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington; the Griffin family could often be found visiting Mount St. Helens walking the trials, climbing the snow covered slopes of Mount Rainier or ice skating in Portland, Oregon. Jackie and Robert ensured their children appreciated the land in which they took an oath to defend. The Griffin’s finally nested in a place called home in their final assignment at Fort Hood (Central TX). Jackie and Robert II were able to finish their college degrees setting precedence in challenging their children to attain higher education aspirations.
In addition to a strong faith and belief in prayer, the Griffin’s supported their children in all their endeavors. From Junior High to High School, Jackie attended every practice and game for RG3 and many practices while at Baylor University. Whether Robert II was deployed in Iraq or performing his military duties; Jackie would video each practice to send to Robert II, who in turn would dissect, develop skill strengthening drills to better equip RG3 in his goals of mastering his quarterbacking skills.
Today, when not traveling to speak, the Griffins are actively involved in the lives their community youth ages 3 to 18. Jackie serves as Administrator for the AAU Five Hills Track and Field Team led by Head Coach Robert II.
Story submitted by Amy Jones