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FCA Reflects on God’s Many Blessings During Impactful Year

Published on December 26, 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, FCA is reflecting on how God has blessed the ministry, as well as the coaches and athletes it serves worldwide. This year, FCA marked 69 years of staying true to the mission of leading every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.

“The entire Fellowship of Christian Athletes team is thankful for the opportunities to do sports ministry every day,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “Through our staff and leaders around the globe, we engage, equip and empower coaches and athletes to share the Gospel in all corners of the world. As our ministry continues to expand, we give all of the glory to God. For more than 69 years, we’ve rallied our team around the Great Commission and put God’s Word at the forefront of our plans. As we step back and review our past year, we’re humbled at what God has done.”

FCA has experienced tremendous growth and record-setting numbers during the 2023 year. While the ministry is more about touching the lives of coaches and athletes — one heart at a time — these figures show the incredible impact God has made through FCA.

  • 51,730 people made faith decisions for Christ through a variety of FCA events, including Huddles, Camps, Fields of Faith and more.

  • FCA has exploded across the globe with ministry in 115 countries with 2,793 staff members being engaged, equipped and empowered to reach coaches and athletes.

  • FCA continued to grow Bible engagement efforts through its YouVersion Bible reading app partnership. The ministry currently has over 75 reading plans with over two million plan completions since launching in 2013.

  • For the immensely impactful and successful 2023 Camps season, FCA welcomed 110,676 coaches and athletes who attended 1,042 Camps across the country and around the world this summer.

  • FCA completed its 20th student-led and student-driven Fields of Faith events on October 11, taking place on athletic fields in the U.S. and globally, where 68,846 coaches, student-athletes, parents and community members worshiped together, heard from inspiring speakers, prayed and committed to read their Bible at 317 gatherings.

  • Globally, FCA reached coaches and athletes through 20,297 Huddles — 18,591 in the U.S. and 1,706 internationally.

  • FCA distributed 230,247 Bibles this year and has distributed nearly three million Bibles around the world in the past 15 years.

  • 69 years ago, FCA was officially chartered on November 10, 1954, in Norman, Oklahoma, after a young basketball coach named Don McClanen had a vision for a sports ministry seven years earlier.

  • FCA has 16 consecutive 4-Star top ratings from Charity Navigator, America’s largest organization rating the fiscal management of charities. This puts FCA in the top 1% of all charities rated. As a faith-funded ministry, FCA gives thanks to the Lord for His provision.

“Every year, I am blown away at how God is using FCA to reach coaches and athletes in every generation,” said Williamson. “The times may change, but the Gospel is the same. We stand on truth as a ministry, and we’re seeing God continue to use FCA as we share His Word and serve coaches and athletes.

“Throughout the year, FCA staff have encouraged coaches and athletes to experience the reality that ‘the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world’ (1 John 4:4). Jesus is greater!”