For Immediate Release
May 30, 2017
Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102
Developing Leaders Through the Love of Sports and the Love of Jesus
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Building Up Young Leaders Through Camps So They Can Impact the World for Christ
(Editors Note: Last in a five-part series exploring Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps, which are on target to reach 100,000 coaches and athletes this summer. To find FCA Camps in your coverage area, click here.)
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A team without leadership may win a game or two, but its on-field success will be short-lived.
Athletes who are developed as leaders while playing sports translate those skills to all areas of life—at school and college, at home and church, and later in their careers.
That’s why the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) focuses on the relationship between leadership and athletics in one of its seven types of summer Camps, which rejuvenate and inspire those who love sports and love Jesus.
“As coaches, parents, players or fans, there are few us in the world who are not directly impacted by sport,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “And at all levels, from T-ball to the pros, we look to coaches and team leaders to teach us, rally the team and influence young athletes. For more than 60 summers, FCA Camps have focused on bringing out the best in coaches and athletes, and that goes far beyond their sports skills, but also building up the qualities that guide us long into the future.”
Leadership Camps train athletes to be spiritual leaders in their personal lives, on their teams and on their campuses. These Camps are geared toward student-athletes, FCA Huddle Coaches and volunteers who serve as leaders. Camps focus on teaching practical skills for Christian growth, developing effective leaders and preparing participants for FCA Huddle ministry.
Leadership skills are also built through Partnership Camps, which work with other ministries and organizations involved in sports ministry. At Partnership Camps, FCA develops a relationship with an existing Camp to provide the spiritual and/or the athletic aspect of the program. This can include FCA Camp curriculum, FCA resources, speakers, Huddle meetings and staff.
FCA Leadership Camps allow participants to be impacted in every area of their lives, as evidenced by camper testimonials:
- “I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart and I can’t explain or put into words how drastically FCA Leadership Camp has changed my life and the way I walk with Christ!”
- “Camp showed me the importance of being a leader of humility and equipping others to serve.”
- “FCA Camp reminded me to be confident in my salvation in JESUS CHRIST!!! It also taught me how to pray, how to get into God’s Word, how to be a man of God and how to hold each other accountable. I also learned to only seek God’s approval. HE wants heroes for HIM to lead ‘all in’ with courage and to respect God-given authority.”
FCA’s 2017 Camps theme is “ONE,” based on the Bible verse Philippians 1:27: “… I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News” (NLT).
In the coming weeks, hundreds of Camps all around the world will reach more than 100,000 participants. In 2016, FCA’s Camps ministry experienced another record-breaking year, with a total attendance of 106,000 at 720 Camps in 40 states and 45 countries. The 2016 attendance was an increase of more than 10,000 over 2015. FCA’s easy-to-use Camps website allows coaches, athletes, parents and teams to find Camps by sport, date or location. FCA also has a special web site dedicated to this summer’s Camps season highlighting the theme of “ONE.”
For the immensely successful and popular Camps ministry, FCA takes the best attributes of both athletic- and spiritual-focused camp events and combines them into an athletic/spiritual experience like none other. Camps also remove athletes and coaches from the daily 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.
Besides Leadership and Partnership Camps, other types of FCA Camps include:
- Coaches Camps challenge coaches in their faith and family life, and allow coaches to be spiritually, relationally and professionally refreshed. Coaches Camps are for single and married coaches and their families and are designed to minister, to equip and to encourage. FCA Camps minister to coaches through Bible studies, small groups, fellowship, prayer support, discipleship and mentoring.
- Power Camps develop young athletes in their faith and their sport. Power Camps are typically for young athletes ages 8 to 12 who want to develop their sports skills. These Camps provide excellent instruction and competition through sports-specific and multi-sport focus, and are normally day Camps that involve the local community.
- Sports Camps specifically focus on “Training the Total Athlete” and develop athletes mentally, physically and spiritually. Sports Camps are for athletes and coaches who want to develop their athletic skills through outstanding instruction, skill development and intense competition.
- Team Camps equip teams with spiritual principles through competition and are designed to impact coaches and athletes for Christ through team competition. Coaches enroll their players to attend this Camp as a team. Team Camps are a wonderful outreach opportunity, and coaches benefit greatly by evaluating their team’s talent. Team Camps serve the coaches by providing an incredible Camp experience for their players while building team unity.
- International Camps focus on worldwide impact and reach coaches and athletes around the globe.
To find Camps in specific areas or to inquire about volunteering or attending an FCA Camp, visit www.fcacamps.org. For more information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, visit FCA’s web site at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews. Read more about FCA here.
To interview a representative from Fellowship of Christian Athletes, contact Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102.