Profitable Disappointment

It was one of the first warm nights of spring as I drove home from a playoff game that I could not believe we had allowed to slip away. As Anna and the kids were fast asleep, I decided to visit Byrne Dairy and buy myself an ice cream cone. When we arrived home and I sat down on my …

Faith and Family Night

On June 17, 2017, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes partnered with WZXV 97.7 Farmington to host a Faith and Family Night at Rhinos Stadium where the Rhinos were victorious over the Ottawa Fury 1-0. The Rochester-based Christian band Venerant opened the evening as the gates opened and played for awhile following the game. Afterwards, over sixty people stayed to hear …

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 …