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Opening Day Signals Start of Spring and New Opportunity for FCA to Reach Coaches and Athletes on the Baseball Diamond

MLB Stars Talk to Fellowship of Christian Athletes About Their Faith

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—There’s something about the Opening Day of baseball that signals the real start of spring. True, cold rain, gloves and scarves, and even a few snowflakes made their way to some season-starting Major League Baseball games, but for fans around the country, the first day at the ballpark means summer is right around the corner.

It’s also a fresh start for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) to find new ways to reach coaches and athletes on baseball and softball diamonds at every level of play. For more than six decades, FCA has been reaching coaches and athletes for Christ through the sports they love.

To kick off the professional baseball season, FCA hosted an Opening Day luncheon at the National Support Center in Kansas City last week, praying for the coaches and players they would reach with the Gospel and recommitting to the FCA vision to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes and to the mission of leading every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.

FCA Magazine is a place to tell the most engaging and inspiring stories of coaches and athletes at the high school, college and professional level—in all sports, but in pro baseball as well. In the past few years alone, the magazine has profiled MLB standouts Andrew McCutchen, Chase Headley, Dexter Fowler, Mike Matheny, Adrian Gonzalez, Kyle Gibson, Daniel Murphy and former player R.A. Dickey, among others.

Likewise, big names in baseball, including Darryl Strawberry, Clayton Kershaw and Ben Zobrist, remain involved with FCA, speaking at events and participating in sports camps.

Just a few of the quotes from Major Leaguers about their faith journeys and FCA include the following:

Also read FCA’s Major League Baseball roundup of Christ-following athletes from last spring titled, “Faith Between the Foul Poles.”

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. Learn more about FCA International here.