The summer of 2022 is already revealing itself as a time of reopening, renewal, and refreshment for coaches and student-athletes alike as they flock to Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) Camps across America and around the world. For the thousands of individuals who are headed right now to FCA Camps or already there, this significant experience will become a game changer, both athletically and spiritually.
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.
FCA is pleased to offer Coaches Camps for single and married coaches and their families. These Camps are specially designed to minister, equip, and encourage coaches through Bible studies, small group meetings, fellowship, prayer support, and discipleship. FCA also provides weekend retreats called “Coaches Time Out,” allowing coaches and their spouses to enjoy a period of refreshment and revitalization.
“Community and fellowship are so vital, especially now — and for those in key coaching and mentoring positions, these are even more critical,” said Shane Williamson, FCA’s president and CEO.
“Each summer, FCA is honored to focus on coaches for a time of ‘inspiration and perspiration,’ when they truly can be renewed,” he added. “The best part is that FCA Coaches Camps are a family affair. The life of a coach can be demanding — but when a coaching family slows down, enjoys each other’s company, strengthens their relationships, and grows in their walk with Christ at an FCA Camp, it is transformational.”
Many coaching families spend their summer vacations around FCA Camps. As an added benefit, the coaches interact with others who are in similar life stages and have parallel experiences and challenges. Attendees come to understand and appreciate that they are not alone in their struggles. Plus, special guest speakers address such issues as marriage, parenting, finances, and faith.
Afterward, FCA coaches return refreshed to their teams and their communities. “I’ve been able to grow in my relationship with God by being surrounded by other Christian coaches and believers,” said one attendee. Said another, “FCA Camp not only brought me closer to my family, but closer to Jesus Christ.”
FCA’s numbers and impact are impressive. FCA welcomed 57,613 coaches and athletes to its programs in the summer of 2021. These coaches and athletes attended 697 Camps all around the world.
FCA Camps allow coaches and athletes to experience an exciting, inspiring, and healthy environment in which they can pursue their passion for sport — while also clearly seeing Christ’s passion for them. Six different types of FCA Camps provide competitors with the chance to reach their potential through athletic, spiritual, and leadership training: Sports Camps (multi-sport and sport-specific camps); Leadership Camps (developing coaches and athletes to be leaders); Coaches Camps (designed to minister, equip, and encourage); Team Camps (allowing student-athletes 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 begun this year, while hundreds are set for June, July, and August. For more information about FCA Camps, click here.