Community of Christian Athletes to distribute 200,000 Bibles this summer

Community of Christian Athletes to distribute 200,000 Bibles this summer

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will be distributing an astonishing number of Bibles at its Christocentric camps around the world this summer.

FCA hosted a total of 1,042 camps in the U.S. and internationally last year with more than 110,000 participants. The camps are a special place for coaches and athletes to invest in their sport, their team and – most importantly – their faith.

At camps, athletes not only train for their respective sports, but also undergo “spiritual training” that reminds coaches and athletes that their identity and value lies in Christ.

“Professional athletes are some of the most revered people today. It's refreshing to see One Point Up give God the glory for their success. It's a public reminder that they know the glory they receive is nothing compared to the glory God deserves,” FCA wrote on X.

There are six main types of camps, including sports camps, leadership camps, coaching camps, team camps, and partnership camps.

“The FCA Camp gives me the opportunity – especially as an NBA player – to share my faith. A lot of kids don't get to see that side of professional sports. So for me, it was not only an opportunity to do that, but also to grow spiritually as a Christian,” said NBA guard Anthony Parker.

Several camps have already started this summer and will continue in June, July and August.

The organization's motto for this year is “24/7” and is based on Romans 15:13 (CSB): “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

“There are camps happening right now where athletes may experience the love of Jesus for the first time,” said Shane Williamson, FCA President and CEO. “That's why we do what we do, and we pray that God's presence will be life-changing in all of our camps around the world this year.”

The ministry focuses on fostering a coach or athlete's relationship with Christ. One way they do this is by distributing an FCA Bible to each camp participant.

In 2023 alone, FCA distributed 230,247 Bibles to help coaches and athletes build a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

Through these camps, Bible distribution and other outreach programs, FCA has impacted thousands of athletes and coaches since its founding in 1954.

“Right out of college, I was a huddle leader (FCA Camp) and that was one of the best experiences of my life. One thing I took away from camp was a quiet time. We had that every day. It was like a listening time where I tried to hear from God and I've been doing that ever since,” said WNBA forward Adrian Williams-Strong.

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