FCA’s theme for 2022 is Every, based on Ephesians 1:3: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.”
FCA reminds Christian coaches and athletes that they already have everything they need in Christ and encourages them to seek Him both on and off the field.
As coaches and athletes prepare for the start of the 2022-2023 school year, many reportedly struggle with back-to-school anxieties. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 30% of youth aged 13-18 experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA,www.fca.org) is not only aware of this autumn surge of anxiety, but ready to provide coaches and athletes with an outlet to express their back-to-school concerns and find support. FCA offers gatherings called Huddles, as well as numerous efforts toward team unity such as early morning Bible studies and larger, campus-wide events that sincerely share faith and fellowship.
“Heading back to school can be an exciting but also stressful time for coaches and athletes,” said Shane Williamson, President and CEO of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “One of the best things they can do is connect with peers to learn about and grow in God’s Word together. FCA Huddles are a powerful place to get access to helpful resources like Bible studies, devotionals, and videos, and to walk alongside others in their faith journey this year.”
Huddles are a key component of FCA’s mission to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. Now in over 92 countries, FCA’s 18,000+ Team Huddles are the ministry’s proverbial weight room. In the past year, FCA reported 16,428 U.S. Huddles and 1,678 International Huddles. Huddles bring coaches and athletes together to study the Bible and hold each other accountable to grow spiritually, just as teams encourage players to grow mentally and physically.
In addition to key outreaches such as Camps or virtual assets, FCA organizes its many resources for coaches and athletes into three handy categories:
- Personal Growth: From devotionals to Bible studies to free and printed materials, FCA’s personal growth resources help grow the heart of the competitor for Christ, Daily Impact Play Devotional, The CORE, and The Four.
- Training: For those who are interested in starting a Huddle themselves, FCA offers training and resources online. This includes discipleship training called E3 Training, 360 Coach Training, and resources like The CORE and The Four, as well as Huddle Guidelines. FCA Huddle Tools is also a helpful place to find training, resources and gear for Huddles.
- Ministry: Coaches and athletes already participating in FCA can find training, resources, and gear for Huddles at FCA Huddle Tools.