The Dominican Republic is an island located in the Caribbean with 10.4 million people, three million of which live in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Interestingly, the Dominican Republic shares the western portion of the island with the nation of Haiti. The Dominican Republic ranks second-largest Caribbean nation in area and population.
The majority of Dominicans claim to be Christian, over 80 percent 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.
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. The Dominican Republic also boasts an impressive lineup of water sports; including snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, deep sea fishing and kiteboarding. Volleyball has been steadily gaining interest as the women’s team has won several international championships, making their team one of the best in the world.
Since its establishment in 2011, FCA Dominican Republic has expanded to Boca Chica, Santo Domingo and San Pedro de Marcoris and includes twelve staff. Through weekly huddles, sports camp and baseball specific ministry, FCA Dominican Republic is making an impact in the lives of coaches and athletes in a significant way throughout the country. Staff and volunteers offer their own time, resources and funds to reach coaches and athletes at all levels of sports.
FCA Dominican Republic is experiencing firsthand how sports has opened the door to opportunities for staff to present to coaches and athletes the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.