Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Soul Sustenance: FCA Summer Camps

Students are counting down the days until the end of school with excitement, but moms and dads are feeling anxious, too, about how to fill their kids’ days and keep them engaged with education, sports and their faith.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has an answer. The 60-year-old international sports ministry is gearing up for its popular camps season, when more than 500 sports-centered camps, led by FCA volunteers and staff, will kick off in most states across the country.  

“For six decades, FCA Camps have been bringing life-changing impact to hundreds of thousands of coaches and athletes,” said Nancy Hedrick, FCA’s Executive Vice President of Communications and Events. “This summer, athletes, along with coaches and their teams, will be pushed, stretched and challenged to grow in their sport and in their relationship with Jesus Christ through more than 500 camps nationwide. We encourage parents this spring to check out all the FCA options for their athletes. With a theme of ‘Undefeated,’ FCA Camps are life-changing and offer valuable lifelong lessons for both on and off the playing field.”

FCA has a special web site dedicated to its 2015 camp season highlighting the “Undefeated” theme, and is also offering a free, seven-day devotional “Undefeated” e-book.

This year, FCA Camps will focus on 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” As the FCA Camps web site reminds, “We serve a God who has never lost. His string of victories is unmatched. He has dominated the competition throughout history…. God is holy. God is mighty. He is UNDEFEATED!”

To find camps in specific areas or to inquire about volunteering at an FCA Camp, visit For more information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, visit FCA’s web site at, its Facebook page at or its Twitter feed, @fcanews.

Since 1954, FCA has challenged coaches and athletes to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is cultivating Christian principles in local communities nationwide by encouraging, equipping and empowering others to serve as examples and to make a difference. Reaching approximately two million people annually on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels, FCA focuses its efforts on its Four Cs of Ministry: Coaches, Campus, Camps and Community.
  • FCA Coaches Ministry focuses on ministering to the heart of the coach first, and then supporting coaches as they engage with FCA’s Four Cs through huddles, events, training and resources. 
  • The school campus is one of the most strategic mission fields with the vast majority of all youth passing through this portal. FCA Campus Ministry focuses on equipping, enabling, empowering and encouraging coaches, student athletes and adult leaders to impact and influence their campus for Christ.
  • FCA Camp is a time of “inspiration and perspiration” for coaches and athletes to reach their potential by offering comprehensive athletic, spiritual, and leadership training through seven types of camps: Sports, Leadership, Coaches, Power, Partnership, Team and International Camps.
  • FCA Community Ministry is the off-campus opportunity to reach coaches and athletes for Christ through the club and recreation sport environment.

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