Ministry Highlight with Shanay Bradley

One specific thing that sticks out to me as an FCA staff member is this: Keep showing up. So much of what I do as an FCA Area Representative is to keep showing up for huddles, team meetings, and everything in between. It is what I do for a head basketball coach here in Syracuse, New York. I spend a …

FCA Camps

When you coach a team, the days leading up to your first game of the season can seem never-ending. You just can’t wait to get on the field and get after it together! May is a fun month for our FCA staff as we wait in similar anticipation for what God is going to do at FCA Camps this summer …

Enjoy

Oftentimes when I visit New York City, I have the pleasure of staying at the Salisbury Hotel on 57th and 7th Street. I appreciate their support of FCA, and it has been a great place for me to stay while helping the awesome team that God has raised up to serve and support the NYC area. On my last trip …

Ministry Highlight with Sandy Thomas

I do a lot of one-on-one mentoring both professionally and spiritually with coaches. My heart is to come alongside them and build up their confidence with all of the pressures that they have in today’s culture. With 20 years of experience as a college coach, I understand the difficulties that Christian female coaches have in the realm of sports. My …

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 …