Huddle Up!

***News Release***

Huddle Up!

Students Can Help Lead Classmates to Christ by Starting Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddles at Their School

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—With a new school year under way, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) is ready, willing and able to provide student-requested support for efforts that will allow Christ to change the lives of their peers.

In existence for 64 years, FCA helps students bring the presence of the international sports ministry to their campuses—from middle school to college. Small gatherings called Huddles, efforts toward team unity, early morning Bible studies and even larger campus-wide events all help students to experience eternal, saving grace and to know what it means to have their lives changed by Jesus.

“Many students, parents, coaches and athletes look forward to each new school year with excitement and anticipation—and all of us at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes do, too!” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “Each fall, we can’t wait to meet the new, young leaders God will raise up to impact their friends and teammates for Christ. The school campus, coupled with after-school activities and team practices, is the place where students spend the bulk of their time. So if they can meet Jesus through their friends and through the sports they love, it’s an amazing, eternal experience for all involved.”

On the “Get Involved” section of the FCA website, students can learn about more opportunities to bring an FCA presence to their campus, including Huddles, which consist of meetings and Bible studies for teams, coaches or groups involved in multi-sports. Students can also begin planning ahead for the student-led Fields of Faith gatherings, happening Oct. 10 on athletic fields nationwide.

FCA is wrapping up its 2018 Camps season, with nearly 800 events in the U.S. and internationally this summer that will reach upwards of 115,000 coaches and athletes. This summer’s Camps theme is “Strong,” based on the Bible verse 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”

This summer’s Camp attendees focused on the fact that believers serve a strong God, and how His followers are called to be like Him in every area of their lives—including sports. The coaches and athletes who attended FCA Camps discovered that polishing their athletic skills is important but strengthening their faith in Christ is crucial.

Last summer, new attendance records were set, as 113,000 coaches and athletes converged at 780 FCA Camp events in 45 states and in 41 countries around the world, where 9,417 coaches and athletes made first-time commitments to Christ and 10,997 recommitted their lives to Christ. More than 300 Camps occurred internationally, and 4,000-plus certified instructors, Huddle leaders, staff, coaches and counselors helped lead the Camps. The 2017 attendance was an increase of more than 7,200 over 2016. View feedback from 2018 FCA campers thus far this summer here.

Read more about 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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