Fellowship of Christian Athletes
name = Fellowship of Christian Athletes
formation = 1954
location = Kansas City,
website = [http://www.fca.org/ www.fca.org]
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a not-for-profit Christian organization that has been based in
Kansas City, Missourisince 1956. Members are encouraged to be athletes but are "not" required.
Founded in 1954, FCA is the largest interdenominational school-based
sports organization in the United States.Fact|date=May 2008 An early supporter and underwriter of FCA was Major League Baseballexecutive Branch Rickey.Fact|date=May 2008
A religious 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 paid employees.
The National Bobby Bowden Award
In 2003 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, which honors one college footballplayer for their achievements on the field, in the classroom and for his conduct 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 directorand head football coach. The award is presented each year prior to the Bowl Championship Series' national title game.
* 2003: Jason Wright,
Northwestern University, Signed by San Francisco 49ersas an undrafted rookie
Billy Bajema, Oklahoma State University, Drafted by San Francisco 49ers
D.J. Shockley, University of Georgia, Drafted by Atlanta Falcons
Carl Pendleton, University of Oklahoma
Jacob Tamme, University of Kentucky, Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.
Every summer for several years, the FCA has held 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 Hopkinsand former NFL player Harry Flaherty.Fact|date=May 2008 The FCA camps feature sport practices and conditioning as well as daily chapels and huddles.
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