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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes engages coaches and athletes to grow in their faith and sport.

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// HUDDLES //


An FCA Huddle is a regularly scheduled, student led gathering for the purpose of evangelism, discipleship, outreach, and fellowship using the platform of athletics.

**  Each Team Huddle and Coaches Huddle is supported by a Character Coach **

The Character Coach Program is a relationship-driven ministry that reaches a specific team (athletes and coaches) through spiritual/character development.

// WAYS YOU CAN SERVE HUDDLES //


Pray for your campus

Certify your Campus Ministry

Encourage your personal contacts, campus coaches, and visit the campus

Equip your campus with ministry resources

Help  develop a Campus Ministry plan

Inform your area of local, regional, and national ministry events and activities


ELEMENTARY HUDDLES

Over the past year God has opened the door for FCA to minister to elementary students across our area. We are excited about the passion and dedication of the teachers and volunteers.

Lake Shipp Elementary

Winter Haven

Started: April 2017

Attendance: 100-115

South McKeel Elementary

Lakeland

Started: January 2018

Attendance: 70

Spessard Holland Elementary 

South Lakeland

Started: March 2018

Medulla Elementary

Lakeland

Started: August 2018

Attendance: 10

Special Focus: Mentoring

Carlton Palmore Elementary

Lakeland

Started: August 2016

Attendance: 18

Special Focus: At risk kids

Socrum Loop Elementary

North Lakeland

Started: April 2018

Attendance: 9-15 (5th Graders)

Lincoln Academy

Where: Lakeland

Starting: May 2018

LAKE SHIPP ELEMENTARY

“This huddle started in April of 2017, focusing on just the 2nd grade classes. It went so well, that the Principal asked if we would expand to reach all of grades for the 2017-2018 school year. We meet weekly and have been averaging just over 100 students. There are too many amazing stories to share, but here are a few responses that we received from the students when we asked them the question, “How has FCA Kids Club helped you?”

    - “My mom and dad don’t like God but said that I could go to kids club. I love God and love coming to kids club.”

    - “We get to go to church now!”   

    - “I am closer to God and read my Bible.”

Look at God. He gets all the Glory. Thank you FCA! 

• Nancy Sumner

MEDULLA ELEMENTARY

“The doors that FCA has opened at Medulla are amazing.  We started small this year with 10 kids after school. We were able to see what worked and what didn’t work and more importantly establish great relationships with each student. This year we have also been able to provide two teacher appreciation breakfasts, over 40 thanksgiving baskets for Medulla families, and a small Christmas gift for each child for grades K-2. Next year we will be looking for the FCA group to grow as we are working with the PE coach to invite kids.” 

• Pastor Andy Baker

SOUTH MCKEEL ACADEMY

“God has been moving and working in FCA Club at South McKeel Academy! We started on January 9th of this year, and there are on average 70 children attending weekly. There are so many highlights to mention, but what is truly wonderful is how many kids have accepted Jesus as their Savior! Some of the children do not attend church yet, and FCA is where they get to hear the Gospel. These awesome kids love to pray, and are learning to be helpful and kind. It is such a blessing and an honor to get to meet with these precious children every week. We are excited to be a small part of something big!” 

• Renee Haverkamp

CARLTON PALMORE ELEMENTARY

“The FCA Huddle at Carlton Palmore Elementary is finishing up its’ second year.  We currently serve 18 students (3rd, 4th and 5th graders) who have been identified as “at risk”. It’s been amazing to see their interest and hunger for Truth as they continue to be so faithful in attendance. Evidence that they are growing can be seen in the way that they feel comfortable leading in prayer as we open and close out our sessions.  They’ve also gained more awareness of Old and New Testament books as they practice digging into His Word each week. Teachers have commented on improved behavior among some students, and we’re excited about all that the Lord has done!”

• Audra Pierce

COLTON TOWNLEY


- CHARACTER COACH - 

GEORGE JENKINS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM

There is nothing better than seeing a program do exactly what it was created to do. Especially when the end result is life change. I am a local high school pastor who loves students and loves sports. Naturally, FCA is perfect for me. They gave me the opportunity through the Grab Your Cleats ministry model, to serve as the Character Coach for the George Jenkins football team this year. I get to hang with the team after practices and pray for them before games. I only knew a couple of the guys before becoming part of the team, so I focused on purely building relationships with them. I didn’t mention my church or my youth ministry, just that I was a local pastor who was here for them, whatever they needed. The hope was that eventually they would feel connected to me enough to ask me what I did and where I was from. 

Three weeks ago, the team had a bye week and our head coach asked if I would come and speak to the team before practice. I got there early, chilled with the guys in the locker room, and then eventually gave them a 10-minute talk. When I finished, one of the captains and leaders of the team asked me what church I was from in front of the entire team and what time my youth group meets. 

That next week, Terry Green, the Greater Lakeland FCA Director and a dear friend, was schedule to preach on Wednesday night to my youth group. My connection with FCA started when Terry came to me saying, let’s work together! After the service, a new student named Brandon came up to us and said that he had given his heart to the Lord. Any time that happens, it’s an incredibly special moment, but what was so amazing about this particular moment, is that Brandon plays on the GJ football team. He came to church for the first time that night because he heard me talk about it on Friday at practice, an opportunity created by FCA. It was so encouraging for both Terry and I to see the Character Coach vision become a reality. 

The mission of FCA is the same as the mission of the church, the only difference is the method. But I am a big believer, and this story is proof, that sometimes it takes more than one method to fulfill the same mission. And that is the beauty of the partnership between FCA and the church, because when we work together, we get to see a program do exactly what it was created to