MARTIN, Tenn. – The third annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes and University of Tennessee at Martin sports extravaganza was recently held on the UT Martin campus on Saturday, Aug. 17.
The half-day event allowed for children in kindergarten through ninth grade to choose any UT Martin sport and receive instructions from the coaches and student athletes of their respective sports. In addition to receiving athletic instruction and a free t-shirt, UT Martin FCA members shared devotional and inspirational talks to the 335 participants at no charge.
Participants were able to choose from the sports of football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, rodeo, equestrian, golf and volleyball. The event closed with a meal provided by MTD and with a closing testimony by Taino Fears-Perez, a junior on the UT Martin football team.
“It’s a blessing to work with a staff and a community of volunteers who are willing to donate their time to this event,” said UT Martin director of athletics Phil Dane. “Over 300 young people were introduced to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministry, and we hope a seed was planted by Taino’s testimony that will cause some of them to follow his advice for their lives.”
“Over 320 children from all over West Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky enjoyed a day of individual sports clinics from each UTM athletic program, as well as hearing testimonies from UTM student athletes and members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” said Todd Hampton, chairman of the Martin FCA leadership board of directors. “It took many selfless individuals and businesses to put on such an event. In addition to all the coaches, staff, and administrators at UTM, the MTD cook team provided lunch to the campers, with all 320+ being fed at one time! Pepsi Mid-America provided the drinks, and many local businesses and individuals made donations of time and money to ensure the camp's success. As the campers left, each received an FCA T-shirt and Bible. All-in-all, it was a great day, despite Mother Nature's best efforts to hinder it!