By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan County High School teams and athletes attend many types of camps to improve their individual skills and team play. Another camp that many of them go to as a team is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Team Camps. These camps, put on by the FCA around the state, include team competition against other schools attending, individual skill development, many shared activities, and gospel and team messages shared by the staff along with prayer times. The Bulldogs had at least three teams make the trip this summer including softball, competition cheer, and football.
According to their website, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
The organization has a vision to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches. They present this message to the players and coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. The four core values of FCA are Integrity, Serving, Teamwork, and Excellence. Their hope is that those that attend their camps will share and show these values in their everyday living.
Integrity: We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately, and publicly.
Serving: We will model Jesus’ example of serving.
Teamwork: We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships.
Excellence: We will honor and glorify God in all we do.
Head Football Coach, Bill Malone, said, “This was one of the best FCA Camps we’ve been to in the seven years we’ve been attending. The music at worship was fantastic, Coach Bell presented a well received, and much needed, lesson during team time, we competed with everyone we played, everybody got a lot of reps, and the food was awesome too. FCA Camp is a wonderful way to wrap up the summer and propel us into the season.”
Head Softball Coach, Jason McBay, piggybacked on Malone’s comments with these remarks, “This year marked the third year in a row the Lady Dogs have gone to FCA Camp in Columbus. Teams this year stayed on campus at Columbus State, played games at the South Commons Softball Complex, and participated in praise and worship and huddle time each night. Other that our Little Dogs Camp, FCA Camp is the most rewarding activity we do every year. This year we had three coaches, 12 players, and one FCA staff person go. We had a blast.”
The motto for FCA reads: “We train to win. We win to leave a mark. But through us, it is the mark that Jesus Christ leaves on others that defines true victory.”
Oh, if we could all live by those words every day, wouldn’t our world be a better place??