That heavenly-like happiness emanated while listening to all the personal testaments that focused on one’s total acceptance of faith and fairness on and off the playing field.
Kayla Walker, a sophomore at Woodland High School, talked about the Bible study classes she leads during the bus ride to and from a volleyball match.
“It definitely makes me a better person and a better leader,” Walker said.
Rick Casko, the Cass Colonels’ athletic director, talked about how all those associated with FCA at the high school understand that they play for God.
“The unity of faith unites all athletes of every sport,” Casko said.
Charles Patrick, vice president and general manager of Kennesaw Transportation, waited until his daughter, Maygen, was in high school to understand FCA’s message.
“We didn’t have FCA when I played high school football at Sprayberry,” Patrick said. “But I quickly learned the true meaning of the organization’s powerful message it shares with thousands of student-athletes. You play sports the same way you approach life. You play hard and fair. It provides life long lessons just like Christianity does.“
Their personal testaments were a precursor to hearing about John Smoltz’s personal journey into Christianity and his making FCA an integral part of his adult life.
Smoltz was the event’s guest speaker who made it clear to everybody listening that his success was based on four principals.
“Throughout life it has always been God first, then family, school and sports,” he said. “That is how it has always been ever since I knew I wanted to be a Major League Baseball player at the age of 7.”
It wasn’t until 1995 that he totally accepted Jesus Christ.
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