Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 4, 2014

What is Fellowship of Christian Athletes all about?

By Jean Roise
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — What do the initials FCA mean?  What it's about?  Is it legit? Here are the answers to these questions in just a few short paragraphs. This is an article which is really important to the area youth to read. 

First of all, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is a national, state and local organization and its mission is this:

"To present to coaches and athletes, 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."

Like Jesus, FCA does not exclude anyone.  You don't have to be an athlete or a coach to be in FCA, anyone can join. You'll find FCA groups (called Huddles) from the middle school through the college level. Most schools allow the meetings to take place on their campus as long as they are student led and not during class time. FCA receives no funding from the school and adult leaders do so voluntarily. 

Finally, is it legit? It is a great organization. Being a coach at an FCA camp is an awesome experience, not only for the students, but for the coaches as well.

Coaches do not get paid for their work with the wonderful young people to see how their lives changed. 

Please consider helping fund the local organization. The FCA staff organizes and runs many events throughout the year for area youth. Some include "One Way 2 Play," Fields of Faith, Sharing the Victory, Retreats and many more. Learn more about these events at uppercumberlandfca.org.

There are a ways to help the FCA on the website and stay tuned for more information about the upcoming banquet April 8 and the golf tournament Aug. 16.

Contact Deana Persson at (931) 372-2123 or email: dpersson@fca.org

to make banquet reservations for the banquet. Reservations can be made on the website uppermancumberlandfca.org.