New Program Trains Caribbean Coaches to Grow Athletes in Body, Mind, Soul
Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Grenada Director: ‘I Came Alive When I Heard about 3D Coaching’
June 22, 2020
GRENADA—Inspired by a coach who invested heavily in him on and off the track, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) area director in the Caribbean now trains dozens of coaches to invest in the holistic growth of athletes, and he has set his sights on an entire island.
More than 40 coaches in Grenada have passed through “3Dimensional Coaching,” a three-day training for coaches focused on growing athletes in body, mind, and spirit. FCA Grenada Area Director Bevin Stanislaus launched FCA on the island to help coaches integrate their passion for athletics and their love for Jesus.
“I came alive when I heard about 3D Coaching, thinking, ‘Wow, that is what it’s about, what’s important, and what God is doing,’” Stanislaus said. “Something in me started leaping. My passion for people and my passion for sports—here, they were coming together.”
Grenada is teeming with exactly the kind of coaches Stanislaus hopes to reach with 3D Coaching. These are coaches who excel in the “body” dimension of coaching but who may benefit from support for the “mind” and “spirit” dimensions.
“Grenada has many good coaches here, but they are sometimes missing the characteristics that take them beyond sport,” Stanislaus said. “Ten percent of coaches are doing 3D Coaching, but they are not formally trained. The rest are just coaches by profession. We want to give coaches the opportunity for awareness and awakening of influence for the Kingdom of God.”
The migration of 3D Coaching to Grenada grew out of Stanislaus’s own athletic journey, including the influence of his high-school javelin coach, who pushed Stanislaus to compete at the national level. Now Stanislaus is paying that investment forward to his fellow coaches who, in turn, invest in athletes.
“My coach saw something in me that I didn’t see, made an investment in me, and cared,” Stanislaus said. “I am prepared to do all I can with His help and direction to see my coaches graduate into this certification and see the significance of coaching from a place with God.”
Stanislaus aims to place certified FCA Grenada 3D Coaching leaders in all six parishes of the island by 2025.
Earlier this spring, 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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