A Heart for Our Neighbors

In 2003 I had the privilege of helping Canadian U19’s lacrosse team prepare for the World Games in Baltimore. I was given this opportunity because my coaching friend Dave Huntley knew my passion for training lacrosse goalies and asked if I wanted to volunteer to help prepare the goalies for the upcoming games. Although my role was minimal — as …

FCA’s SU Campus Director Nathan Bliss to assume regional role

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.” These words from the Gospel of Matthew’s Parable of the Talents aptly describe the diligent work of Nathan Bliss during his six-year tenure as Syracuse University’s Campus. And now, in September, Bliss will be “in charge of …

Not Just a Volunteer

One of my favorite things about working with a non-profit organization like FCA is seeing the love and commitment of the volunteers. It’s a privilege to get to know them and work with them for the impact of Christ. One time when I was introducing a volunteer to a new person I was meeting, the volunteer opened with the statement, …

Earning Trust – The Book of Daniel Chapters 2-4

In reading Daniel 2-4, there are so many great lessons to be learned from the life that Daniel lived. As leaders or coaches, we want others to trust us, yet we live in a world where trust and credibility have to be earned over time. In a world that often opposes Christianity, we often have to earn the right to …

The Penny Jar

There are a lot of things that people do as they prepare for games. For some people it’s superstitions, for others it is routines, and over time, they come to believe in the things that they feel they must do to prepare for each game. I do not have any things that I currently do or feel need to be …

Making an Impact through Camp

As we head into the summer, Amanda Tewksbury, FCA’s Metro Area Director for Syracuse, and I have just wrapped up our spring basketball camp. This camp highlighted the essence of FCA’s core values: excellence, teamwork, integrity and serving, as all were exemplified by the body of Christ at work throughout the week. During the planning process of camp we had …

Meet FCA “Family Member” Alicia Vining

Alicia Vining, the daughter of FCA New Hampshire State Director Mike Vining, was recently named the on-field ball girl for the Washington Nationals. Being on the ball field is nothing foreign to Alicia who was a stand out softball player at Portsmouth Christian Academy, New Hampshire where she was named to the All-State team three times and New Hampshire pitcher …

Do You Even Care?

Recently, I enjoyed some people watching at an intense youth lacrosse tournament. It was interesting to watch the emotional reactions of the parents as the two teams — of whom I knew none of the players or families — competed in a very hard fought, intense game. There were moments when the parents were so incredibly emotionally invested in the …

Coaches Huddles in New Hampshire

FCA New Hampshire has three coaches huddles that meet weekly throughout the state and review the 3-Dimensional Coaching guide and other FCA materials. The average attendance is 6-8 coaches. We have had seven campus huddles started by coaches who have been introduced to FCA at the coaches huddle, and gone back to their respective schools and started student-led campus huddles. …

Flourishing

There are few people who don’t want to be flourishing in all areas of their lives, yet our ability to be successful is often dependent upon where we place our trust and hope. When I was sixteen-years-old, I told God if He would allow me to sense His love for me, that I would follow Him each day of my …