NFL’s Cody Davis Teaches Young Players About Football and Faith at FCA Camp
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Thankful for Players at All Levels Who Give of Their Time and Talent to Make an Impact for Christ
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The NFL’s rookies and veterans are returning to training camp this week, ready for a hard-hitting, strenuous season. But before these players get back to the hard knocks of the game, one NFL standout is teaching young athletes about faith and football—and he’s getting great reviews.
The Nueces County Record Star in Texas recently highlighted the fourth annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) football Camp with Los Angeles Rams safety Cody Davis. One attendee, Cole Damron, a 12-year-old Pee Wee football player, said Camp is “so fun.”
“I enjoy it every year,” Cole told the newspaper. “I recommend it to all the kids. Cody is my favorite player. I’ve loved him since he got drafted.”
That’s high praise from a 12-year-old, and shows the impact that professional, godly athletes can have on their young fans.
Now in L.A. with the recently relocated Rams, Davis has deep roots in Texas—as a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets of Stephenville High School, where the FCA Camp was held, and as a defensive back at Texas Tech.
“I think you can’t live in Stephenville and not get affected by the football culture,” Davis told the Record Star, noting that he was influenced by that local football success when he was growing up. “It was definitely a big impact, with the winning standards and character on and off the field. The reason I wanted to make it to this level was to give back to the community and be a good role model.”
The NFLer added that he takes time to add guidance on character and morals at his annual FCA Camp.
“It’s a blast to get out here with the kids,” Davis said. “I like working with the younger kids. It’s so fun, and trying to build that foundation is so important. Each camp, we make it a priority. We give them wisdom. We call if ‘five minutes of wisdom.’”
FCA is continually thankful for the athletes at all levels who give of their time and talent to make an impact on others for Christ.
“It’s amazing when we see professional athletes return to their roots and give back to their communities in real and tangible ways through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “This summer’s Camp season will have immeasurable impact on tens of thousands of coaches and athletes, and we can’t wait to see what God has in store!”
FCA Camps just like Davis’ are happening all around the country, with more than 700 events in the U.S. and internationally this summer that will reach upwards of 100,000 coaches and athletes. 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). Seven types of FCA Camps include: Coaches Camps, Leadership Camps, Partnership Camps, Power Camps, Sports Camps, Team Camps and International Camps.
Those who still want to be a part of FCA Camps can find Camps by sport, day or location through FCA’s easy-to-use Camps site. Last summer, new attendance records were set as more than 100,000 coaches and athletes converged at 720 Camp events in 40 states and in 45 countries around the world, where 8,788 coaches and athletes made first-time commitments to Christ and 11,256 recommitted their lives to Christ. The 2016 attendance was an increase of more than 10,000 over 2015.
Read more about Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s web site at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews.