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January 31, 2012

Christian Athletes Unite Through FCA

by The Centinal

By Chantal Meacham – Staff Writer

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an organization across the country for athletes and coaches to express their faith in their sports.  Centennial just re-started their FCA huddle this year.  Meetings will be held on every other Thursday in room 119 at 7:30 a.m. starting on January 26. Everyone is welcome to join.

Centennial staff members, Ryan Remole and Sam Flowers, help lead the meetings.  A huddle will consist of food and a quick game at the beginning, a short sermon, and then a huddle time where students will split into smaller groups at the end.  FCA leadership team member, Lindsay Rogan, says, “A huddle is a place where we talk more in depth about the sermon and learn how to apply it to our lives.  It’s a great way to grow in your faith and help you in your sports.”

FCA is a huge organization.  There are huddles at many of the schools in the Champaign-Urbana area.  Illini and FCA staff member, Sara Arnold, commented on the impact of FCA in this area.  Arnold says, “FCA is going strong throughout the area, from middle schools all the way through college! Five brand-new huddles have formed on the campuses of Jefferson, Franklin, Unity, Mahomet, and Centennial. Urbana, Central, Monticello and the University of Illinois also have FCA huddles that are in full-swing. The keys to a great huddle are a strong student leadership team, passionate huddle coaches, and a student body that’s open to learning and growing together. It has been awesome to see God’s work in pulling all the pieces together for powerful ministry!”

School huddles are not the only thing that FCA does.  They also put on camps during the summer and lead retreats throughout the year.  The FCA summer day camp takes place at Centennial June 18-22.  The camp is free for 3rd-8th graders and high school students can be huddle leaders by filling out an application that can be found on FCA’s website.  It can be a  way to volunteer in the community and earn National Honors Society points for the following school year.

To find out more about FCA contact:   Remole, Flowers,  or visit www.fca.org.

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