The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a not-for-profit organization that has been based in Kansas City, Missouri since 1956. Its national headquarters is across Interstate 70 from the Truman Sports Complex and is visible from inside Kauffman Stadium.
Founded in 1954, FCA is the largest interdenominational school-based sports organization in the United States. An early supporter and underwriter of FCA was Major League Baseball executive Branch Rickey.
A faith-based organization, FCA uses the influence of coaches and athletes as a means of Christian evangelism. The group operates chapters based in schools and operates camps, workshops and conferences. FCA currently has about 600 employees.
The National Bobby Bowden AwardEdit
In 2004, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes presented the first of what is now a yearly award in Bobby Bowden's name, The National Bobby Bowden Award, honors one college football player for their achievements on the field, in the classroom and who conducts themself as a faith model in the community. Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA or better and must also have the backing of his school's Athletic Director and Head Football coach. The award is presented each year prior to the Bowl Championship Series' national title game.
Every summer for several years, the FCA holds sports and leadership camps for youth and high school students. The camps are held at different colleges throughout the United States, and feature professional athletes such as Steve Fitzhugh, Ray Simmons, Mike Cobb, Wade Hopkins, etc. The FCA camps feature sport practices and conditioning as well as daily chapels and huddles so that students can strengthen both their game as well as their walk with Christ. Huddles are led by college athletes who show a unique faith in the Lord.
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