The Dominican Republic occupies approximately two-thirds of the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola, sharing the island with the Republic of Haiti. The Dominican Republic ranks second-largest Caribbean nation in area and third in population with 10.5 million people, of whom 3.3 million live in the capital city, Santo Domingo.
Over 80 percent of Dominicans identify as Roman Catholic and 16 percent identify as Protestant. The traditions found in Dominican Catholicism are an eclectic mix between Roman Catholicism and African-rooted religions. The spiritual state of the Dominican people as a whole is well explained in the term "broadly evangelized but under-discipled".
Baseball dominates the sports world in the Dominican Republic. They have the second-highest number of baseball players in Major League Baseball (MLB) behind the United States, including names like Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, Alphonso Soriano, and Pedro Martinez. Volleyball and softball are also steadily gaining momentum and the women’s teams rank high internationally.
Since its establishment in 2011, FCA Dominican Republic has expanded to six major areas and grown to include a team of twelve national staff, one missionary, and eighteen volunteers working in baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, and soccer ministry. Through weekly huddles, sports camps, one-on-one discipleship, 3Dimensional Coaching workshops and more, FCA Dominican Republic is making an impact in the lives of coaches and athletes and their communities in a significant way throughout the country.