Fellowship of Christian Athletes Celebrates Sixtieth Anniversary


More than sixty years ago,Don McClanen sent an invitation letter to nineteen coaches and athletes.  Those receiving a copy of  the invitation letter were:

– Red Barber, sports announcer
– Dean Cromwell, USC track coach
– Glenn Cunningham, world mile record holder
– Alvin Dark, New York Giants shortstop
– Carl Erskine, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher
– Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns quarterback
– Tom Harmon, University of Michigan Heisman Trophy winner
– Roe Johnston, All-American end, Navy
– Bob Mathias, Olympic decathlon gold medal winner
– Donn Moomaw, All-American linebacker, UCLA
– Clarence “Biggie” Munn, head football coach, Michigan State
– Bob Richards, Olympic pole vault gold medal winner
– Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh Pirates executive
– Jack Robinson, All-American basketball player at Baylor, Olympic team captain
– Louie Sanporenie, Olympic track star
– Amos Alonzo Stagg, legendary football coach, University of Chicago/College of the Pacific
– Dan Towler, Los Angeles Rams All-Pro fullback
– Doak Walker, Detroit Lions All-Pro halfback
– Bud Wilkinson, head football coach, Oklahoma

God placed a dream in the heart of this young basketball coach in Oklahoma (McClanen) to start an organization that would feature professional athletes professing their Christian faith in order to change the youth culture in America.  Since that invitation letter was sent in 1954, thousands of young boys and girls have come to know Jesus as their personal Savior as a result of the obedience of Don McClanen to God’s call for his life.

“To look back over 60 years and realize the athletes and coaches who have been shaped by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is remarkable,” said Les Steckel, FCA President and CEO according to Christian Newswire. “We are so thankful for all who have helped FCA grow to where it is today and have encouraged young athletes to lead lives that are dedicated to Christ, both on and off the playing field. Athletics offers continual opportunity either to portray Christ or to elevate the world’s standards. By choosing to honor Christ, players and coaches impact not only their own teams but also all who interact with them, look up to them and even oppose them on the playing fields.”

Read more at FCA.org

(H/T:  FCA.org and Christian Newswire)

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