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March Newsletter

March Newsletter

Coaching legend John Edward “Buck” Cravey, age 76, of Vidalia, passed January 21, 2014 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. If you attended his funeral, you would have witnessed the 400-plus family, friends, former players, coaches, and community leaders who attended. Many encouraging words were shared about Coach Cravey, but over and over, words rang out on his character, his passion for coaching, and his unyielding commitment to his faith in Jesus Christ. As the service was drawing to a close, all of the former players were invited to take a knee one last time with their coach. They all knelt at his casket and said the Lord’s Prayer in true pre- and post-game style. It was a truly emotional and moving moment.

Take a second and try this. Think about one coach, maybe it is your child’s coach, or someone who coached you during school, or Tony Dungy. Think about the size of that coach’s team during one season. Now expand that. Think about how many years that coach has been coaching. How many athletes have come through their program? How many coaches have they coached with? Is the coach a teacher? How many students have come through their classroom? What about their families? Their community? What a huge scope of influence! Try taking it further! Taking all the people that one coach has influenced, think about the people those individuals have influenced! If you’re like us, the task becomes overwhelming! We could be talking about thousands of people! What did they learn from the coach and the sport that makes them the person they are today? More importantly, do they know the Lord, and do the people they influence see the Lord through the way he or she coaches, teaches, instructs, guides, and cares??

We often talk in our ministry about the influence of a coach. Our FCA Vision is “to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.” Our role through FCA is to minister to coaches by encouraging and equipping them to know and serve Christ. FCA ministers to coaches through Bible studies, prayer support, discipleship and mentoring, resources, outreach events, and retreats. FCA values coaches, first for who they are, and for what God has created them to do. FCA coaches the coach.

YOU are a vital part of all of our ministries. Your prayers, your volunteering, your giving, all of these things allow the ministry to thrive! Thank you so much for supporting the ministry that supports coaches and athletes! May the Lord continue to bless you!!




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