Teams Are Unified in Their Sport and in Christ at Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps
Camps Equip Teams with Spiritual Principles Through Competition While Providing an Incredible Camp Experience and Building Team Unity
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Philadelphia Eagles, Golden State Warriors, Washington Capitals and Houston Astros have much more than championship titles in common. What got them to the pinnacle of their sport was not only amazing skill and expert coaching, but also solid team unity.
Few teams will succeed without unity, and athletes of all ages are learning how better to come together as teams—both in their sport and in Christ—at Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA, www.fca.org) Team Camps across the country and around the world this summer.
Tens of thousands of coaches, athletes and teams are prepping for their potentially life-changing time at more than 700 FCA Camps, as they focus on the theme of “Strong,” based on the Bible verse from 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (NLT).
The “Strong” theme focuses on the fact that believers serve a strong God, and His followers are called to be like Him in every area of their lives—including sports. The coaches and athletes who attend FCA Camps will discover is that polishing their athletic skills is important, but strengthening their faith in Christ as a team is crucial.
“Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps provide an incredible opportunity for teams to truly unite,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “They can set aside many of the distractions of life and focus on their sports skill and on bonding with their teammates. Coaches who lead their teams into a time of confidence-building, training and competition at FCA Camps will end up witnessing so much more.”
Williamson knows how impactful FCA Camps can be for both coaches and athletes. He has served as a coach and as an FCA staff member for nearly a quarter-century before taking the helm as president more than a year ago.
“As a coach, parent, player or fan, there are few in the world who are not directly impacted by sport,” he said. “The influence of the coach—other than parents—is the greatest adult figure of inspiration in millions of children’s lives daily. This coach-to-player relationship has become even more critical for young people in single-parent homes. Ministry ‘to and through the coach’ is a global opportunity that works in every culture and country.”
Team Camps equip teams with spiritual principles through competition and are designed to impact coaches and athletes for Christ through team competition. Coaches enroll their players to attend this Camp as a team. Team Camps are a wonderful outreach opportunity, and coaches benefit greatly by evaluating their team’s talent. Team Camps serve the coaches by providing an incredible Camp experience for their players while building team unity.
Last summer, more than 113,000 participated in 780 FCA Camps in 45 states and 41 countries. FCA Camps take the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combine them into an athletic/spiritual experience like no other. FCA Camps also remove athletes and coaches from the routine of their sport, job or community and place them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment that allows them to pursue their passion for sport and see Christ’s passion for them.
Team Camps are just one type of FCA Camp available to coaches and athletes this summer. FCA’s easy-to-use Camps website allows coaches, athletes, parents and teams to find Camps by sport, date or location. Last summer, more than 113,000 participated in 780 FCA Camps in 45 states and 41 countries; 9,417 coaches and athletes made first-time commitments to Christ, and 10,997 recommitted their lives to Christ. More than 300 of the Camps occurred internationally, and the 2017 overall attendance of 113,000-plus was an increase of more than 7,200 over 2016.
To find FCA Camps in specific areas or to inquire about volunteering at an FCA Camp, visit www.fcacamps.org. 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.