I’ve heard about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for just about as long as I’ve played sports. I was under the impression that it was just another Christian Sunday School, but it used sports as the classroom (presumably mass appeal sports like football, basketball, and baseball). Little did I know that they also contribute to growing the game of lacrosse…
I recently went to look at the latest lax vids on YouTube and stumbled across the weekly lacrosse update from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The highlight of the video is for sure the guy on the right’s crazy bright shirt (although it was a close one between that and the weekly eye-black bible verse), but it’s the message behind the blog and the movement as a whole that caught my attention. As StridingMan mentioned in the latest edition of the Mr. BS Report podcast, growth of lacrosse at the grassroots level seems to be powered mainly by the engine of US Lacrosse. But it’s clear that lacrosse is benefiting from the help of other organizations. When I explored the link to the FCA’s homepage, I was surprised to see this in their mission statement:
“Fellowship of Christian Athletes focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.“
I interpreted this several different ways and after watching the video, it’s clear that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was helping grow the game by providing equipment and instruction to new players. Scott and Drew, the hosts, mention internship openings, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp being held at Gettysburg College this summer, and the opportunity that was available to sponsor campers so that they could attend.
However you feel about this group’s use of the Creator’s Game to spread the Good Word is between you and the Big Guy upstairs but I feel like every little bit helps. Watching people spread lacrosse in multi-dimensional ways will only help encourage more participation and is a good sign of things to come.
Kudos to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for helping grow the game in positive ways.