FCA in partnership with White Fields Foundation held a youth football camp for 45 young men ages 10-18 at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School that brought a new dimension to football. The emphasis was on teaching great fundamentals, life lessons (i.e. alcohol, sexual purity, peer pressure), and how to have a personal faith relationship with God. The two day camp was received with tremendous enthusiasm who appreciated the “up-close” approach of the current NFL guys (Aaron Smith-Steelers & Stefen Wisniewski-Raiders) and college players like Andrew Taglianetti from Pitt. They also enjoyed the older vets like Jon Kolb (4X Steelers SB Champ). Mike Conway from Cal U. was our coaching coordinator who did a great job of showing us the power of the “huddle” through unity, love, and accountability in each session. Many short messages were sprinkled in throughout our 2 days from our staff of men. The young players appreciated the high quality instruction, the fun, and the personal encouragement from men who have achieved at the highest level. Lunch was provided on both days by Chick-Fil-A with Power Ade. All campers received a FCA Bible and T-shirt. Special thanks to Denny Hyland from FCA, Geno DeMarco from Geneva College and our entire staff of coaches. Shout out to Coach Mike Bosnic who brought 15 of his players from Washington High School! God moved in a big way during our time together with many young men making commitments to Christ. Several testimonies from the weekend are below:
“Thank you very much for allowing me and my son to be spectators during FCA’s Football Camp this past Saturday, June 23 at Central Catholic High School. This was the first FCA camp that I have visited, and it had a lasting impression on me and my son. It was so encouraging to see the athletes training hard at their sport and hearing the adult coaches/guest speakers giving positive messages to the younger athletes.
I have partnered with FCA for two years now, and after seeing what takes place at an FCA camp, I could not be more proud of the FCA staff and FCA volunteers that work so hard to have a positive impact on our younger athletes.
Webster’s defines Impact as, “To Hit With Force.” Because of the impact that this FCA camp had on me and my son on Saturday as spectators, we are now thinking how we can participate in future FCA camps in our area. I plan to talk coaches and parents that I know about helping to organize and participate in possible soccer and hockey camps in the future.
I thank you and the other FCA staff and volunteers for helping to minister to our young athletes in love and in truth.” -Michael, FCA Volunter Character Coach
“Thanks for including me in this, although I could only make Saturday, it was great! What a tremendous group of men – young and old. Can’t wait for the next event.” -Joe