Focus

Coaching has a way of bringing what is inside of our hearts to the surface of our lives. While our lacrosse team had all the momentum during one particular game, I pessimistically mumbled under my breath, “This is when we typically become unglued.” After pausing for a second, I realized that I should not think negatively about our team and …

New Staff Introduction with Shara Macdonald

Born and raised in the state of Maine, Shara MacDonald has seasoned experience in developing relationships in her region. She serves as a part-time FCA Area Representative in the city of Albion and works as a full-time high school teacher at Erskine Academy. “After joining FCA, my role as a teacher has shifted,” says MacDonald. “I began to understand that …

Ministry Highlight with Jake Hannon

God is on the move in Buffalo, New York. As Jake Hannon, FCA Northwest Buffalo Area Representative, puts it, “We have really seen God do amazing things through the service of our coaches this past year. It has been like night and day for our team!” Hannon works with the Integrity Hockey League, a Christian-led hockey ministry that uses the …

Shelter

Having coached lacrosse in Upstate New York, I have been through several spring seasons with freezing temperatures on the field. After standing for an hour and a half at a particularly frigid practice last week, I jumped in my car and immediately kicked on the heat. Within a few minutes, the Nissan Rogue had warmed up, and I was finally …

Meet Manny Maldonado

Manuel “Manny” Maldonado was born and raised in housing projects on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. As a young kid, he was always excited to participate in sports and had the chance to attend a week-long Christian camp when he was eight years old. While sitting in a dormitory with a camp counselor, Manny heard the Gospel message of …

Vision

I will never forget the day that I had Lasik surgery performed on my eyes. As I recovered from the procedure, I experienced a clarity of vision for the first time. The difference was incredible in how I saw the world before the surgery and the way that my surroundings appeared after. It reminded me how important having a clear …

Staff Introduction with Kevin Gillen

As a pastor, theology teacher, and an FCA staff member, Kevin Gillen is full of energy and passion for serving the Lord. He lives in Westchester County, New York, and has started launching the region’s first huddles as an FCA Area Representative. “I grew up playing a lot of football and baseball without knowing God,” says Gillen. “So for me, …

Fixated

When you coach in the FCA program, you not only get to coach great athletes, but you oftentimes receive great coaching from the coaches you serve alongside. This past week, I found myself working alongside another coach (a good friend of mine) through a challenging situation. None of my ideas or suggestions were making sense to him while we tried …

FCA Introduces New Regional Camp Coordinator: Margaux Poplaski

Hailing from Levant, Maine, Margaux Poplaski has stepped up to become FCA’s new Regional Camp Coordinator. As an FCA staff member since 2011, Poplaski has served as both an Area Representative and Maine State Director – working with coaches and athletes alike to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the region. Along with receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in …

Courage

Exodus 2-3 I recently led a lacrosse practice that pushed me to my edge as a coach. After two hours of practice, none of the players had made a mistake, committed a penalty, or taken a risk. At the top of my lungs, I told them how frustrated I was that no one was stepping up or playing boldly during …