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6 Motivators That Drive Coaches and Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Will Focus on Theme of Giving ‘100%’—First to God and Then to Competition—Throughout 2020

February 10, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) knows that true competitors have a little something extra that drives them—a spark, an extra dose of setting their sights on a goal and getting it done. Coaches and athletes live for the thrill of competition, and when the whistle blows, energy surges through them.

Competitors love the game and are hardwired to hone their skills because it’s what they were born to do. But, asks FCA, what motivates them?

FCA recently announced its 2020 ministry theme—100%—which will guide the entire year of events, studies, resources, gatherings, Camps and more.

“Sports require 100% of our time, attention, ability and ambition,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “Sweat becomes a sacrifice. Pain becomes passion. Dedication achieves a dream. When we give 100%, we are changed for the better. Likewise, Jesus gave 100%—His very life—so we may receive a personal relationship with Him. His love, His sacrifice, His service and His passion are 100% for us. When we give Jesus 100% of our heart, soul, mind and strength, our lives will be transformed.”

Throughout the year, FCA will provide coaches, athletes, teams, volunteers, parents and communities tools and resources so they can give 100%, just as Christ did. For instance, a recent FCA blog post outlined six elements that fuel the spark of competition:

  1. The want to win. Simply put, it’s in competitors to win. No one likes seeing the “L” column with anything other than zero. Winning is an adrenaline rush that athletes can’t seem to get enough of, so they pour 100% into making sure they perform at their best.
  2. Recognition. No matter how team-oriented competitors may be, there is always space for a small seed inside them that wants validation, for people to know their name and the amazing feats they have accomplished. This propels athletes to strive year after year for winning records, deep playoff runs and a name that’s recognized within sports.
  3. Something to prove. At some point in their lives, nearly every coach or athlete has heard they were too small, slow, untalented or loud—the list goes on. Competitors make it a point to prove them wrong, to scrap and fight their way to wins and show they’ve succeeded despite the naysayers.
  4. Accolades. Sometimes, coaches and athletes can be competitive within the competition itself, wanting honors to add to their collection. It becomes about accumulating—the championships, records, adding to the athletic resume. There is always room for another statistic and honor that showcases being the best in certain areas.
  5. Desire to be part of a family. Teams form a family unit, coaches turn into parent-figures, teammates become siblings. They go through rigorous training together, and the sweat and strain throughout the season tie teams in a common goal to be conference, state or bowl champions. Team bonds often last long after the time spent wearing a jersey.
  6. For God’s glory. Many coaches and athletes compete for something bigger than themselves, for a grander purpose. They give their all for the One who gave them ability in the first place. When coaches and athletes commit to bettering themselves on and off the field, it’s an offering back to God.

Whatever the reasons, FCA says, coaches and athletes share a common goal to compete at the highest level and attain their best.

“In the athletic world, we have a unique perspective that lives in us to make us work hard, set our minds on future hopes and give our all,” Williamson said. “It also carries over into our everyday moments that can lead us to the top of our game in every facet of life. We know a competitor’s desire to succeed runs deep. But what motivates them to be their best? Why do they compete? What fuels them to be successful? In what ways do coaches and athletes want to be the best, both on and off the field? These are questions the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is excited to explore in 2020.”

More about FCA’s 2020 ministry theme of 100% can be found at www.fcacamps.org, where visitors can also watch the 100% theme video as well as the 2020 Camps video.

This past summer, more than 89,000 campers participated in 800 FCA Camps in 42 states across the country and 55 total countries around the world for a time of “inspiration and perspiration.” FCA Camps take the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combines them into an athletic/spiritual experience like none other. FCA Camps remove athletes and coaches from the routine of their sport, friends, co-workers and community, and place them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment that allows them to pursue their passion for sport and clearly see and hear Christ’s passion for them.

The life-changing impact on coaches and athletes has been the main focus of FCA Camps since 1956. Today, competitors who want to reach their potential through comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training attend a variety of Camps, including Sports Camps, Power Camps, Coaches Camps, Team Camps, Leadership Camps, Partnership Camps and International Camps.

In 2019, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes also celebrated its 65th year in existence. After extensive growth, FCA has reached millions of people with the Gospel. View a timeline of FCA’s 65-year history here, including videos, quotes, articles, leader profiles, Camp themes, photos and more.

Read more about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s website at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews.


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