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History of the FCA in Southern Illinois  

Even though the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been active nationally for more than 50 years, the tremendous growth of FCA in Southern Illinois is a much more recent occurrence. Here's a brief timeline of FCA's growth in our region.

 
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FCAFor a history of FCA Home Team Banquets in Southern Illinois, including all of the guest speakers, visit our Banquets page.

Prior to 1993

  • Huddles begun by Coach John Cherry from Carbondale and Coach Andy Gainer from Centralia.
  • Huddles served by Branch Rickey FCA staff in St. Louis.
  • No staff existed in Illinois outside of the Chicago area.

 1993

  • Tim Johnson joined FCA’s staff in Champaign.
  • There are 7 huddles across Southern Illinois.

 1994

  • Tom Landry Banquets in four Illinois cities, including Carbondale.
  • Roger Lipe attended the H.S. Leadership Camp at the FCA National Conference center before joining the FCA staff in a half-time position in August.
  • 7 huddles.
  • 16 FCA campers from the 28 county area.

 1995

  • Golf Marathon in August enabled Roger’s position to become full-time.
  • $90,000.00 in revenue.
  • 12 huddles.
  • 36 campers
  • Roger served on High School Leadership camp staff.

 1996

  • We held another golf marathon in the late summer.
  • 30 huddles
  • 55 campers
  • Roger served on the staff of two FCA Camps.
  • We hosted a game day with SIU Football for 450 students.

 1997

  • We held another golf marathon in the late summer.
  • 36 huddles.
  • 40 campers.
  • Roger served on the staff of two camps.
  • We hosted another Game Day with SIU Football.

 1998

  • We hold our first banquet in Mt. Vernon.
  • Golf scramble held at Rend Lake Golf Course.
  • 39 huddles.
  • 43 campers.
  • Roger was the Huddle Leader Coordinator at High School Leadership Camp.

 1999

  • We held two golf scrambles in the late summer.
  • Mark Kiesling joined our staff in August.
  • 43 huddles.
  • 62 campers
  • Roger directed the High School Leadership Camp.
  • Mark was the dean for Leadership Camp.

 2000

  • Tanya Crevier conducted did several school assemblies for FCA.
  • We held three golf scrambles.
  • Branda Anderson joined our staff in August.
  • 47 huddles.
  • 55 campers.
  • Roger directed the High School Leadership Camp.
  • Mark served on the camp staff as dean.
  • Branda served on the camp staff as Huddle Leader Coordinator and directed the FCA National Conference Center Athletic Camp.

 2001

  • Kenn Kington conducted school assemblies in the area for FCA.
  • Kyle Rote Jr. spoke, to an area Kiwanis Club, to the SIU Athletic Dept. and did a free soccer clinic.
  • We held three golf scrambles.
  • 51 huddles.
  • 58 campers.
  • Roger, Branda and Mark all served on camp staffs.
  • The new FCA Day Camp in Carbondale served over 175 kids and included nearly 70 volunteers.
  • We lost Branda Anderson to graduate school in Washington and due to a lack of funding.

 2002

  • Former NFLer Pat Tilley spoke with the SIU Football team.
  • Steve Fitzhugh spoke at six school assemblies and two rallies.
  • Mark Kiesling made a move to part-time with FCA on June 3.
  • 54 huddles.
  • More than 60 campers, including eight from Carbondale Community High School.
  • FCA Day Camp in Carbondale had more than 250 5th-8th graders plus high school and college athletes as leaders and included nearly 70 volunteers.
  • We held a golf scramble on August 12 at Franklin Country Club.
  • New huddle formed at Rend Lake College in Ina.
  • During the fall, several new huddles began and a number of others were reorganized for better leadership and with stronger athletic focus.

 2003

  • A record 119 Southern Illinois student-athletes and coaches attended FCA summer camps.
  • Roger directed the Coed Leadership Camp at the National Conference Center.
  • Golf Scramble at Franklin County Country Club in August.
  • FCA Day Camp in Carbondale had more than 220 5th-8th graders.
  • FCA Basketball Coaching Clinic in Pinckneyville on Columbus Day drew 40 coaches for talks by Coach Matt Painter of SIU and Coach Dick Corn of Pinckneyville.
  • New huddles were formed in several communities in Junior High Schools and High Schools including Harrisburg, Thompsonville, Joppa and Carbondale.
  • Roger attended the ACE 2003 conference with the International Sport Coalition in Athens, Greece during November.

 2004

  • Golf Scramble at Franklin County Country Club in August.
  • FCA Day Camp in Carbondale had more than 220 5th-8th graders.
  • Roger directed the Coed Team Leadership Camp at the National Conference Center.
  • Roger attended the first meetings of the Serving the People of Sport Council (International Sport Coalition) in Orlando during November.

2005

  • Golf Scramble at Franklin County Country Club in August.
  • FCA Day Camps were held in Carbondale and DuQuoin.  They had more than 300 5th-8th graders, plus high school and college athletes as leaders and nearly 100 volunteers.
  • Roger directed the Coed Team Leadership Camp at Greenville College in Greenville, Ill.
  • Year-long Devotional book, “Heart of a Champion” is published.

 2006

  • FCA hosted the FCA / Saluki Football Coaching Clinic in April.
  • Golf Scramble at Franklin County Country Club in August.
  • Roger served as the Huddle Leader Coordinator for the FCA Coaches Camp in Black Mountain, N.C.
  • FCA Day Camps were held in Carbondale, Marion and DuQuoin.  They had more than 480 5th-8th graders as participants, plus high school and college athletes as leaders and nearly 200 volunteers.
  • Roger directed the Coed Team Leadership Camp at the National Conference Center.
  • An updated version of “Heart of a Champion” is released with group discussion questions.
  • “Transforming Lives in Sport – A Guide for Sport Chaplains and Sport Mentors” is released.

 2007

  • FCA hosted the FCA / Saluki Football Coaching Clinic in April.
  • Golf Scramble at Franklin County Country Club in August.
  • Robby Speer and Mallory Martin served as Summer Camps interns.
  • Roger and the interns served on the staff of the FCA Coaches Camp in Black Mountain, N.C.
  • FCA hosted a national FCA Golf Camp at Stone Creek Golf Club in Makanda during early July.
  • FCA hosted the FCA / Saluki Football Camp in June.
  • FCA Day Camps were held in Carbondale, Marion and DuQuoin.  They had more than 480 5th-8th grade campers and more than 200 volunteers, including high school and college athletes.
  • Roger directed the Coed Team Leadership Camp at Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Ill.
  • Eric Lam joined our staff in the fall, serving four counties.
  • Roger attended and made presentations at the ACE 2007 conference with the International Sport Council in Thailand during November.

 2008

  • FCA hosted the FCA Softball Coaching Clinic at Rend Lake College in January.
  • FCA hosted the FCA / Saluki Football Coaching Clinic in April.
  • FCA hosted the FCA / Saluki Football Camp in June.
  • Golf Scramble at Franklin County Country Club in August.
  • Robby Speer and Michelle Thorne served as Summer Camps interns.
  • Roger and the interns served on the staff of the FCA Coaches Camp in Black Mountain, N.C.
  • FCA Day Camps were held in Carbondale, Marion and DuQuoin. Attendance totaled more than 450 campers and 200 high school, college and adult volunteers. 
  • Roger directed the Coed Team Leadership Camp at Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Ill.
  • Roger conducted chaplain training workshops in Jamaica in July, in Australia during October and in Singapore during January of ’09.
  • New huddles are begun in Christopher, Grayville and Chester.
  • Eric Lam left our staff after a year of service to pursue full-time employment with benefits

2009

  • Coach Kerry Martin of Marion High School Football was our featured speaker at the FCA Coaches and Spouses Appreciation Dinner at Kokopelli Golf Club.
  • Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants was our featured guest at the FCA Home Team Banquets in Carbondale and Mount Vernon.
  • We held FCA Power Camps in Carbondale, Union County, Perry County and Marion.
  • Two FCA Camps interns worked with us during the summer: Michelle Thorne of Carbondale and Jason West of Harrisburg.
  • We held the FCA/Saluki Football Camp at McAndrew Stadium at SIU.
  • We directed the FCA Team Leadership Camp at Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Ill.
  • We held coaching clinics for softball in January at Rend Lake College and football in April at SIU.
  • We hosted FCA Game Day events with Saluki Football and Saluki Basketball.
  • Roger made trips to Australia and Cuba to train sport chaplains.

 2010

  • Chris Lennon, wife of SIU Football Head Coach Dale Lennon, was our featured speaker at the FCA Coaches and Spouses Appreciation Dinner at Kokopelli Golf Club.
  • Fomer NFL player Joe Ehrmann was our featured guest at the FCA Home Team Banquet in Carbondale.
  • FCA CEO and President Les Steckel was our featured guest at the FCA Home Team Banquet in Mount Vernon.
  • Roger contributed to the planning and rogram of the FCA Sport Chaplains Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
  • We held FCA Power Camps in Carbondale, Union County, Perry County and Marion.
  • We had two FCA Camps interns: Mackenzie Martin of Benton and Trevor Lennon of Carbondale.
  • We held the FCA/Saluki Football Camp at McAndrew Stadium at SIU.
  • Roger shared with the FCA Interns at the IMPACT program in Bobbio Pellice, Italy.
  • We held coaching clinics for Softball in January at Rend Lake College and Football in April at SIU.
  • We hosted an InSideOut Coaching Clinic in Carbondale, featuring Coach Joe Ehrmann.
  • We hosted FCA Game Day events with Saluki Football and Saluki Basketball.
  • Roger took a team of coaches to work with softball and taekwondo federations in Honduras.
  • Roger made a trip to Cuba to work with friends who are doing ministry in Cuban baseball.

 2011

  • Josh Franklin, former state champion coach at Cobden High School, was our featured speaker at the FCA Coaches and Spouses Appreciation Dinner
    at Kokopelli Golf Club.
  • Brian Kinchen, former NFL player and subject of the book, "The Long Snapper," was our featured guest at the FCA Home Team Banquet in Carbondale.
  • Roger contributed to the planning and program of the FCA Sport Chaplains Conference in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
  • We held FCA Power Camps in Carbondale, Union County, Perry County and a new one in Massac County.
  • We had two FCA Camps Interns: Mallory Duran of Colorado and Caleb Thompson of Harrisburg.
  • We held the FCA / Saluki Football Camp at McAndrew Stadium at SIU.
  • Roger shared with the FCA Interns at the IMPACT program in Bobbio Pellice, Italy.
  • We held coaching clinics for Softball in January at Rend Lake College and Football in April at SIU.
  • We hosted FCA Game Day events with Saluki Football and Saluki Basketball.
  • Roger took a team of coaches and a couple of professional athletes to work with Softball and Tae Kwon Do federations in Honduras.

 2011

  • Coach Brandon Hampton of Eldorado High School Football was our featured speaker at the FCA Coaches and Spouses Appreciation Dinner at Kokopelli Golf Club.
  • Coach Bobby Bowden, former Head Football Coach at Florida State University, was our featured guest at the FCA Home Team Banquets in Carbondale.
  • Roger contributed to the planning and program of the FCA Sport Chaplains Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
  • We held FCA Power Camps in Carbondale, Union County, Perry County and in Massac County.
  • We had two FCA Camps Interns: Jessica Anderson of Wisconsin and Bryce Doughty of Benton.
  • We held a coaching clinic for Football in April at SIU.
  • We hosted FCA Game Day events with Saluki Football and Saluki Basketball.

 
 
 
 
     

About FCA...

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives... one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

The FCA Vision
To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.

The FCA Mission
To present to athletes and coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

The FCA Values
Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence. 

Integrity
We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately, and publicly.

Serving
We will model Jesus' example of serving.

Teamwork
We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships.

Excellence
We will honor and glorify God in all we do.


 
 
 
 
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