By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan’s 2016 softball squad made the trip to Columbus this past week for a week of softball, team-building, spiritual awakening, and fun at the annual FCA camp. There were 14 players, four coaches, and one bus driver that made the week-long trip. Coaches attending were first-year head coach, Jason McBay, Billy Dooley, Trent McElroy, and Alyson Griggs. The camp theme was “Rise” and the camp Bible verse was Joshua 1:9. That verse says, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
The team played five softball games at South Commons where the 1996 Olympics were held and where the team finished runner-up in the GHSA State Championships last year. Some of the activities included: Daily Quiet Time, Softball games at South Commons, whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee at Whitewater Express, and Nightly dinner, praise & worship, and message at St. Luke’s Ministry Center. The team stayed in dorms on the Columbus Riverwalk. At night, they had Huddle Time where they met as a group and shared with one another and usually ended with an Ice Cream social with the other 11 teams that were there. The speakers each night were Kele Eveland – All-American Volleyball player from Ga Tech and Shelly Stokes, a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist in softball.
Coach McBay said, “I think FCA Camp is one of the most important things we do every year. It helps us with our vertical relationship so that we can lead with love horizontally. By focusing on God’s will for our lives, it puts softball in its proper place as another way to use our talents to glorify God. It also gives players and coaches an opportunity to see each other in a different light. I think for this group this year, it reminded them that leadership can come in all different packages.”
The softball program at MCHS has been one of the most successful programs at the school for many years and we all look forward to watching their progression this fall.