Varga’s change in life now motivates teenagers to fight through adversity
The only constant in Chad Varga’s childhood was the turmoil his mom brought. She struggled with drug addiction and fell
Chad Varga is shown speaking to over 1,500 students at an assembly at the Troy Middle School. Varga quit playing professional basketball at age 25 to start a motivational company aimed at addresssing problems faced by today’s youth. He escaped adversity while growing up in a lifestyle which claims many lives today.
in and out of abusive relationships. All the while, he and his sister, Wendy watched their mom destroy her life. They were dragged from crack house to crack house.
“A lot of people don’t know the hurt. I was sitting there in bed saying, ‘Why am I going though this?’”
Varga shared his past and his motivational words to area Christians and students in the Troy and Winfield areas. (The following is the account given at Calvary Chapel in Troy)
As a young teen, he was constantly fighting off his mom’s abusive boyfriends. Yet one afternoon, the fight was more than his body could take.
“He had my mom up against the back wall of the living room with his fist clenched. He had been beating on her. I remember, as he heard the door, he looked over his shoulder and locked eyes with me, and when he realized that it was just the 14-year-old, he kind of smirked and laughed at me.”
As Chad stepped in to defend his mother, the man unleashed his anger on the helpless boy.
“And all I remember thinking is I just want this to stop. I just hope it stops.”
The man beat Chad until his rage was satisfied. He dragged Chad, bruised and bloody, to the bedroom and left him there.
“I didn’t have a parent there helping me and holding me through it. I was completely alone. I had no answer in my life,” says Chad “I remember thinking to myself, you know, you could end this. What are you going to tell your friends tomorrow at school? What excuses are you going to make up? Why don’t you just end your life? Why don’t you just end it? Why don’t you just call it quits? Kill yourself and be done.”
“As I turned around, there was a Bible laying on that night stand. I remember I had a feeling of hope rise up inside of me. Inside, I was desperately saying, ‘God if you are real, Lord just help me right now through this situation.’”
That night, Chad surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. And he asked for something he’d never experienced…
“He said, ‘Jesus gives me peace. Jesus, give me peace.’ And within 15 minutes, I was sound asleep.”
Also about this time, a teacher asked him to stay after school, wanting to know what was eating at him. Varga finally broke down and shared the destructive home life he was enduring. This led to court intervention and going back eventually into his father’s custody.
His mother’s destructive addictions didn’t go away. But from then on Chad was armed with hope that went beyond human reasoning.
With a new sense of purpose, Chad pursued his dream of playing basketball. He was nominated to the McDonald’s All-American basketball team while playing for Detroit’s Catholic Central High School. He went on to play for the University of Pittsburgh. His junior year, Chad lead Pittsburgh in scoring and rebounds.
“I began to realize that this dream that I had is about to become a reality … that this is really going to happen.”
He went to camp of the Dallas Mavericks but hurt his hand during drills. Varga went on to play professional basketball in Spain, averaging 19 points and nine rebounds a game. At the height of his career, his life took a drastic turn.
“I felt God saying, ‘Chad you’ve worked all this time for this, but I’m calling you to do something greater.’”
Varga walked away from a million dollar contracts to follow the new direction God was taking him. Chad started “Inspire.” As a motivational speaker, Chad shares with teens the greatest message of hope, speaking before over 250,000 annually.
Growing up in a broken home in the Detroit, Michigan area, Chad learned at a young age that life is sometimes unfair. From early childhood, Chad found himself surrounded by some of life’s cruelest realities.
In October of 1999 many drastic changes began to take place in Chad’s life. Varga, at the age of 25, made the ultimate decision to give up what he had worked his whole life for so he could make a difference in other people’s lives. Chad founded InsprieNow; a non-profit organization established to reach the young people in this nation’s public schools and corporate Americas through motivational seminars.
At InspireNow, they believe that character development, a commitment to excellence and personal responsibility, are the building blocks for children to achieve their full potential.