“FCA is still pretty new to the area. So, we continue to work at making inroads to coaches” says Jamie Ellerson, Binghamton’s Area Representative. “But, what I’m most excited about right now really combines coaching and the local church in a big way – it’s just the beginning of a new move of God in our region.”
Ellerson is referring to “The City Church Hoop It Up” a one-day basketball camp that occurred October of 2019. Ellerson is partnering with City Church of Binghamton to bring the first FCA inner city basketball camp to the area, and is very encouraged with the development up to this point.
Dave Springer, who oversees the basketball and soccer programs for the Binghamton Parks and Recreation Department, is set to head up this important first year of the camp. “Dave has such a passion for these kids. Not only for how they develop as athletes but how they develop as young people. He really cares about their character.” Ellerson says, “Dave has a definite gift of organization too. He has a way of keeping the kids engaged through creativity with the various camps, tournaments and events through the years. And this can be tough when culture continues to try and pull their attention away.”
Ellerson is encouraged to see a coach like Dave being empowered through this opportunity to share the gospel in a unique way. “This is another important prong in the fork of reaching our area for Christ.” Ellerson says. “And I hope this opens up doors to an area coaches huddle that will do just that.”
“The City Church Hoop It Up” is only the beginning for one day FCA sports camps in the Binghamton area. Ellerson has plans to continue expanding the inner city one-day programs to include bringing a consistent presence to project housing gyms. In addition, he has plans to bring similar basketball and wrestling camps to schools like Norwhich and Windsor that will continue expanding the reach of FCA.
With a continued goal to reach every coach and student athlete on the Binghamton University campus with the love and good news of Jesus, Ellerson is now energized by the prospect of doing the same for the city and beyond.
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.