From an early age, Nick Dell has been passionate about blending sports and ministry together. As a young student in Naples, Florida, he enjoyed participating in many different sports in school, including soccer, basketball, football, and track. Dell was also involved in his local FCA and spoke at a Fields of Faith night as well as an FCA auctioning event.
“I remember wondering how I could live out my faith in a public school of over 2,000 kids,” says Dell. “When I first attended FCA at the beginning of my freshman year, it was really inspiring to see other athletes that were excited about Jesus Christ and cared about their faith along with sports. My church was also connected with FCA and it had a big impact on my life as a high school student.”
Dell went on to attend Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and was heavily involved in a basketball league for inner-city high school students throughout his four years of college. It was there that he developed a heart for inner-city ministry. Just a one month after graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry, Dell headed to New York City to work with the New York School of Urban Ministry. While participating in outreach and volunteer programs, he began to wonder how sports and ministry could come together in the Big Apple.
“I thought back to my days in high school with FCA,” says Dell. “Honestly, I just googled FCA New York City one day to see if there was anything out here! I was so happy to find that there were already people on the ground doing sports ministry in the city. I got an email back right away from a staff member and got connected pretty quickly.”
After a series of conversations and strategic planning, Nick has been assigned with FCA to the borough of Manhattan. He continues to volunteer his time for outreaches in East Harlem and Chelsea and is in the early stages of expanding sports ministry in the area.
“There is a huge value in using sports as a platform to share the Gospel with others,” says Dell. “It is a great way to bridge the gap and communicate
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
More information can be found at FCA.org.