FCA Resources Equip Coach To Go Extra Mile for Volleyball Players Despite COVID-19

FCA Resources Equip Coach To Go Extra Mile for Volleyball Players Despite COVID-19

 ‘It Isn’t about Winning and Losing. It’s about Glorifying Christ’

July 27, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—An FCA athlete-turned-coach and Huddle Leader is training her players to give 100% for others on and off the volleyball court, even during COVID-19 shutdowns.

Having grown up in a Christian home in Idaho, Lindsay Grant knew Jesus from a young age and came to understand what a personal relationship with Him meant by the time she hit high school. As a volleyball player in college, she attended an event hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org), and her relationship with Jesus exploded with growth.

“In college, I got invited to an FCA event and absolutely loved everything about it and what FCA stood for,” Grant said. “Attending Huddles regularly and eventually becoming a leader helped me know Christ and find my identity in Him, not just as a Christian, but as a Christian athlete—and now a coach.”

As a successful high school varsity volleyball coach, Grant has led her team to district titles three times and even to a fourth-place state trophy. For several years, she also has co-led FCA’s middle school Huddle, opening up the chance to share about Christ and her faith. In time, several of the girls in her Huddle have become her players, paving the way for long-term impact.

“I believe God uses me as a high school coach to glorify and honor Him by having a positive impact on the girls I get to coach,” Grant said. “It isn’t about winning and losing. It’s about glorifying Christ with the gift, abilities and knowledge He gives us.”

FCA has provided Coach Grant with resources to help stabilize her athletes during the uncertain times brought on by COVID-19 and social unrest. These resources have included the FCA Coach’s Bible, a leather, compact-sized Bible featuring 365 devotions written specifically for coaches and featuring Scripture references to encourage and equip them to spend regular time with God.

Grant also uses videos, devotionals and icebreakers available on FCAResources.com, all of which help Huddle leaders as they plan FCA meetings.

Huddles give Grant opportunities to pass on life lessons to her players—including the importance of humbly relying on God, especially when things are beyond their control.

“Humility and the fact I am nothing without God,” Grant said when asked what God is teaching her right now. “I must rely on and trust Him with my life. He is teaching me this through parenting and coaching. I am learning to give Him control of things I can’t control.”

Earlier this year, FCA introduced FCA Virtual, an online and social media initiative to rally coaches, athletes and staff around the incredible stories of what God is doing through virtual FCA ministry. FCA Virtual is a space to gather ideas about how to engage teams and Huddles in online spiritual growth and to look for ways to serve and connect in this time of limited social interaction. FCA hopes coaches and athletes will be encouraged by what God is doing around the world through the virtual avenue. FCA Virtual will also help coaches, athletes and teams to keep up with evolving ministry and training events in the field, as they unify leaders around a common rallying cry during a time of increased isolation. Learn more at FCA.org/Virtual.

Read more about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s website www.fca.org, or connect on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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