Fellowship of Christian Athletes
We at One Cross Medical Clinic of Campbellsville are proud supporters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). FCA is a Christian based non-profit organization founded in Eastern Oklahoma in 1954, later moving to its current base in Kansas City Missouri. Don McClanen, the group’s founder, saw how athletes were used to promoting and advertising many causes and products. Why not have them promote Christianity. The power of the athletes’ voice is obvious, especially in today’s culture. What an awesome platform for Christianity. FCA was pioneered by former stars: Otto Graham, Branch Rickey, Bill Krisher, Carl Erskine, and Bobby Richards followed by Kay Yow, Shanna Zolman, Tom Osborne, Shaun Alexander, Tony Dungy, Reggie White, Herschel Walker, John Wooden, Bobby Bowden, Tom Landry, and more recently by: Tim Tebow, John Harbau, Colt McCoy, Jim Kelly, Tommy Tuberville, Jennie Finch, and many others. There are many public figures who were touched by FCA including comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Governor Mike Huckabee, and from Duck Dynasty Willie Robertson.
We at One Cross Medical Campbellsville Clinic were sold on the importance of the FCA in our schools, gyms, sport complexes, sport leagues and colleges, by a young man named Brett Bradford. Brett was a student/athlete at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia KY. He is now the Area Representative for Taylor County, Adair County and Russel County. Brett is originally from Rochester Minnesota. He was a collegiate wrestler who majored in Counseling and minored in Christian Ministries. While in Minnesota, Brett was achieved second place at the 2017 Junior College National Championships for 157lb weight class. Brett then transferred to Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, KY to continue his studies and wrestle. During Brett’s final year competing at Lindsey Wilson, he achieved first place at the 2019 NAIA National Championships for the 165lb weight class.
Now Brett uses his passion for wrestling, and sports in general, to open doors for the gospel. Brett official joined the FCA staff team December 2019. He approached us at One Cross Medical Campbellsville Clinic and showed us how important the FCA is for showing the love of Christ to student athletes. He showed us testimony after testimony of those whose lives were changed by the influence of FCA. Brett’s vision is to the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of Coaches and Athletes. We at One Cross Medical Campbellsville Clinic are believing with Brett that this can be done! Brett is always intentional about leading Coaches and Athletes into a growing relationship with Jesus and His Church. Ministering to and through the coaches, Brett has seen teams, schools and even communities transformed by Jesus and for Jesus.
FCA sponsors six national awards every year to coaches and athletes who have shown excellence in the areas of Christian Character, community service and integrity on and off the field. The Bobby Bowden (former Florida State Head Coach) Athlete of the Year, is awarded once a year to a D1 football player whose Christian walk on the field and in the classroom set him apart from the crowd. The Grant Teaff (former Baylor University Head Coach) Coach of the Year. This award is for football coaches who walk the Christian walk and are active in the FCA. Kay Yow (North Carolina State University woman’s basketball coach) Heart of a Coach Award. Award is for women’s basketball who has coached according to Biblical principles.
FCA also has a wide range of personal growth resources including Daily Impact Play Devotionals which are daily devotional delivered to your inbox, Devotionals give you hundreds of sports devotionals to browse through, Prayer resources to help your prayer life, Bible Studies for individual and/or small groups, Audio messages that you can listen to for encouragement, Printed Resources such as Bibles and devotionals for purchase, Bible Reading Plans to help you engage in God’s word, FCA Magazine Archives, Competitors Creed, and Coach’s Mandate. These resources are a must for athletes and/or coaches looking to grow in their walk with Christ. These are resources that we at One Cross Medical Campbellsville clinic are proud to sponsor and that we as staff access. Using some of these resources, Brett Bradford does a bi-weekly morning devotional with One Cross Medical Campbellsville Clinic staff. We look forwards to and are so blessed by these FCA devotions.
There are many great ways to get involved with the FCA. One way is FCA Virtual, which is an on-line FCA Bible study or prayer meeting via Zoom or Hangout. FCA Huddles are in-person prayer, Bible, small group, devotional meetings that happen before or after school or practices, games and even weekends or evenings. There are 20,849 certified huddles, Camps at FCA happen in many flavors including Coaches Camp, Leadership Camp, Partnership Camp, Power Camp, Sports Camp, and Team Camp. Camps also happen in many different places and seasons, thus giving must everyone an opportunity to attend. There are over 20,000 camps available to FCA members. You can become a Character Coach, which is very similar to be a team chaplain. There are International Trips that may be your thing as FCA are also international travelers and currently is in 106 countries. Our FCA Staff Brett Bradford is a very talented orator and enjoys the opportunity to Speak on a stage, in a pulpit or even on the gymnasium floor.
We at One Cross Medical Campbellsville Clinic are amazed by FCA’s impact in this unprecedented year. Below is the total impact that FCA has made in 2020 alone.
- 29,429 Total Faith Decisions
- 20,948 Total Certified Huddles
- -19,073 U.S & 1,875 International
- 332 Total Number of Camps
- -193 U.S & 139 International
- 24,452 Total Camper Attendance
- -10,324 U.S
- -14,128 International
- 162 Total Number of Fields of Faith Events
- 83,942 Total Reached at Fields of Faith Events
- 101,049 Total Bibles Distributed
- 2,161 Total Number of Staff
- 365 Total Number of International Leaders
There are many other way to help/get involved with the FCA, just need to reach out and ask at Fellowship of Christian Athletes 8701 Leeds Rd. Kansas City MO. 64129, Phone # 1-800-289-0909 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also support the FCA financially via a simple single gift or a recurring monthly gift. If you are compelled to help financially or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Brett Bradford at 507-316-8491, email@example.com, or go to his donation page here https://my.fca.org/brettbradford. We at One Cross Medical Campbellsville Clinic are proud to give a monthly gift to the FCA.
We at One Cross Medical Campbellsville Clinic believe in supporting our youth, we have sponsored, not only the FCA but also Taylor County Track & Field, and Campbellsville Little League. We believe in our statement of faith “Compelled by the love of Christ, One Cross Clinic offers high-quality health care of body, soul, and spirit to all that it serves”. We also believe in the statement of faith of the FCA “We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful men and women regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by who’s indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life”. And their Mission Statement “To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church”. These mission statements and statements of faith link One Cross Medical Clinic of Campbellsville and the FCA as like-minded and Christ driven. We pray that by our partnership with FCA we can help lead some coach or some athlete to Christ. We feel that a life run on Christ is a life worth living.
FCA Huddle Leader
“When I came to college, I had been a Christian for 2 months. I was so excited when I heard about FCA. It was exactly what I needed. It helped me go deeper in my faith and taught me how to combine my sports with my spirit. FCA is the best!”
– Joe Koontz
Lindsey Wilson Head Football
“I am very thankful to FCA and our staff member Brett Bradford for starting up our FCA Coaches Huddle. It is a great time for us coaches to by each other & God’s word.”
Coach Chris Oliver-
“When COVID-19 first hit, it was so hard not seeing my friends and being able to hang out. But thanks to FCA Virtual, we were able to meet over Zoom. It was so good to see each other and encourage one another with God’s word!”
-Student Athlete Hunter Watkins
“Our FCA Huddles are so fun and energizing. After a long day of practice and school, it’s nice to hang out with friends and be prayed for.”
Student Athlete Carlos Figueroa-
FCA Supporter and Wrestling Coach
“The 2019 FCA Wrestling Camp was great! 270 coaches and athletes came out. We had amazing Olympic level clinicians showing great technique. WE had even better speakers share the gospel. It was a great time for Coaches and Athletes alike.”
“I really enjoy going through FCA’s The Core Discipleship devotionals. It’s a great 8-week plan where we meet 1 on 1 and go deeper in what it means to be a disciple of Christ. I am very thankful for FCA and our local FCA staff. I have never understood discipleship more than I do now!”
Student Trevor Angel
Adair County Middle School Football Coach
“It’s so good to have FCA Staff Brett Bradford and his student leaders come and speak after our practice. The kids enjoy them and it’s nice to have Brett pray for everyone.”
One Cross Medical Clinic Campbellsville Staff
“I love the FCA social media pages. They are always so encouraging and uplifting. Their content is always applicable to life and they create posts regularly! I highly recommend it to anyone.” Instagram @lwc.fca Facebook @se.kyfca
-Callie Jo Bradford
Team First by
NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy
“Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.” – Romans 15:5-6
When I came to the Pittsburgh Steelers, I was a rookie and came in during the heyday when they were in the process of winning four Super Bowls in six years. You think of all the star players and the Hall of Fame guys and you think, well that’s why they’re so good. But it really wasn’t. As I got there, I saw how it operated. It was the practices. It was everybody working together. I think it’s still possible to achieve that today. The good teams have that. Even though you have star players, they understand that it’s not 11 individuals who are going to go out there and have things run smoothly enough to win. It’s going to be how you practice, how you work together, how you encourage each other, how you help each other to become a team and to become a unit.
- Can you think of some teams who had great talent but failed to succeed? What about some teams who had less talent but still achieved great things?
- What do you think is ultimately the difference between a team’s success or failure?
- According to Romans 15:5-6, what are some of God’s characteristics that can bring unity and team success? What should be the ultimate goal of any team?
Extra Reading: John 17:21-23; Romans 14:19; 2 Corinthians 10:12
Lord, grant me the endurance to work together with my teammates and help me encourage them in both the good and bad times so that we might glorify Your name. Amen.