Tens of Thousands of Coaches and Athletes Give Rally Cry of Discipleship at Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps Worldwide
Upwards of 100,000 Will Experience Life-Changing Impact at More Than 700 Camps This Summer—Many Still Happening in July and August
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Who doesn’t love a rally?
Rallies motivate the heart and produce action. They unite coaches and athletes to dig deep and push beyond their perceived limits to accomplish more together than they ever could alone—more than they could even imagine.
This is what’s happening across the country and around the world this summer through life-changing Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) Camps.
“For this year’s FCA Camp focus, we’ve taken the rally cry of Jesus—the Great Commission—all over the world,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “We hope to show tens of thousands of coaches, athletes, staff, volunteers and communities how, through Huddles, events, resources and Camps, disciples are making disciples and helping the message of Christ travel around the globe. It’s always an exciting moment in sports when players circle up, united and unrestrained, or when roaring, faithful fans cheer in unison to energize their teams. The pivotal momentum of a rally is incredibly moving.
“At FCA, our heart is to rally to make disciples for Christ—the most moving play we can make for Him,” Williamson added. “The momentum is there. Together we’re engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same. In obedience to our Ultimate Coach, Jesus Christ, we follow His Great Commission laid out in Matthew 28:18-20.”
FCA realizes that disciple-making isn’t always fast and quick, nor is it easy. To make disciples is to build relationships and to invest in one another’s lives. This is the model Jesus followed while He walked on Earth, and it’s the model FCA follows today through more than 1,700 field staff who invest in the lives of coaches and athletes every day. Additionally, the FCA Support Center in Kansas City ensures that thousands of resources are available for Huddles, Camps, outreach events and more.
“As we head into our 63rd year of FCA Camps, we’re compelled to encourage coaches and athletes to shout out, ‘Let’s Go!’” said Jeff Martin, FCA Executive Director of Ministry Advancement. “We want to rally and take Christ into courts, fields, arenas and courses. Why? That’s simple—to fulfill the FCA vision to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.”
The rally cry of “Let’s Go” is meant to be said with emphasis because it’s not only the rally cry for many athletes, coaches and teams, but it also should be the goal of Christians when they consider Christ’s call to the Great Commission.
In the summer of 2018, more than 88,000 campers participated in 771 FCA Camps in 43 states and 50 countries for a time of “inspiration and perspiration.” FCA Camps take the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combines them into an athletic/spiritual experience like none other. FCA Camps remove athletes and coaches from the routine of their sport, friends, co-workers and community, and place them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment that allows them to pursue their passion for sport and clearly see and hear Christ’s passion for them.
Six different types of Camps exist where competitors can reach their potential through comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training, including Sports Camps (multi-sport and sport-specific camps), Leadership Camps (developing athletes and coaches to be leaders), Coaches Camps (designed to minister, equip and encourage); Team Camps (to come together to compete); Power Camps (typically for athletes 8-12 years of age); and Partnership Camps (FCA partners with some of the best organizations).
Several Camps have already kicked off in April, May and June, with the most activity still ahead in July and August. The impact on coaches and athletes has been the main focus of FCA Camps since 1956, with each Camp offering unbelievable fun, outstanding sports training, awesome speakers, incredible friendships and long-lasting life change. View the 2019 FCA Camps video here and browse camps by location, sport or date at www.fcacamps.org.
View the media page for FCA here. For more information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, visit FCA’s web site at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews.