Generations

George Brett’s pine tar bat from his controversial home run. Football’s Lombardi trophy for the Super Bowl champs. The Indianapolis 500’s bottle of milk for the winner. These symbols and associated images are permanently fixed into the legacy of an athlete. Not only will they define them as athletes today, but for many years to come. Recently, I began thinking …

Ministry Highlight with Josh Sonoga

As an FCA staff member who has served in several states in the Northeast region, I know how difficult it can be to reach coaches in high schools. More than anything, I want to show them that the Gospel can transform their lives and the lives of the athletes at their schools. However, no matter how discouraged I may feel …

Unforced Errors

This past weekend, I experienced the longest break in all my years of being at my kids’ sporting events. We had two games, one at 8:00 a.m. and one at 6:00 p.m., which led to many long hours at the arena waiting for our final game. As there was little to do with our time, I was able to watch …

Yet

As another lacrosse tournament ended, our team won our final game in overtime. Our boys threw all their equipment in the air, as they should have, and I smiled. As fun as it was to see the joy in the boys’ eyes, I can remember four years earlier when I coached a different team and they lost on that same …

Ministry Highlight with Michelle Malara

Developing a strong relationship with coaches takes time, dedication, and above all, a heart that is focused on Jesus Christ. Just ask Michelle Malara, an FCA Campus Representative at Syracuse University. “I have been mentoring a young coach here at Syracuse University for over a year and a half now,” says Malara. “Through both the good and bad times, we …

In Hands

When I look back at my very ordinary Division III lacrosse career, I am thankful that God has allowed sports to create many meaningful relationships and memories in my life. Oftentimes, it seems that the ordinary things that God places in our hands go overlooked or unappreciated. But, whether you are coaching a team or teaching a class of students, …

The Takeover

It’s a great time of the year for me as I serve in our FCA lacrosse summer program. I have the privilege of coaching a group of kids that just finished up fifth grade and are excited to grow in both their athletic skills and Christian faith. After each team practice, our group sits down together while I lead and …

Ministry Highlight with Nathan Bliss

Nathan Bliss began his journey as FCA’s Syracuse University Director in the fall of 2011. Having completed his undergraduate in Religious Studies at SU, he immediately felt at ease with the student body. In his first semester alone, the size of the campus huddle had almost doubled. “I had been in the area for four years prior to my start …

Ministry Highlight with Mike Vining

When Mike Vining came on staff with FCA, there were only a handful of coaches who did ministry in the state of New Hampshire. Now, he says, the area is experiencing exciting growth. “New Hampshire is truly reaching coaches for Christ through the work of other coaches,” says Vining. “Our Bedford huddle has bonded together and our members dig deep …

Midnight

As I recently read through the book of Acts, I was inspired by the stories of Paul’s boldness as he shared his faith to both the Jews and Gentiles. He maintained a determined attitude throughout his ministry that can serve as a great encouragement to us in our daily lives. One of my favorite verses in Acts paints a picture …