Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is not the only athlete proclaiming his Christianity on and off the field. Some Ocean Springs High School athletes have formed a new group called Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The group is focusing on spreading Christian values in the community.
Star players Anna Claire and Matthew Brouckaert are serious about sports and just as serious about their faith.
"When people think of athletes they stereotype us as hardworking in our sport, but we also want to be hard working in following the Lord," athlete Anna Claire Allison said.
Since August, 85 Ocean Springs High athletes have signed up to be part of the Christian organization. They meet off campus and at least twice a month to pray, and spend time to together. They also get together and find ways to help the needy in Jackson County.
"Hopefully, in a couple of weeks we'll have a t-shirt drive where we will sell t-shirts and arm bands, and we will be raising money to do that. Our goal is missions in the community," Coach Stephanie Allison said.
"If there is an elderly person that needs helping cleaning their yard or help with cleaning out the garage, these kids can be there to help them out," Coach Tim Sayers said.
The FCA is now seeking help to keep the organization on its mission of service.
"Funding would be great. We had have had a couple of organizations in town, banks and business men who have agreed to match whatever we raise, so we are excited," said Allison.
These athletes are also excited and eager to help be the shining stars in the community.
"Usually at a school, athletes are looked up to, so if people see us doing mission work it sort of makes a chain effect," Brouckeart said.
The Bacot-McCarty Foundation of the Gulf Coast has already agreed to match the money the new organization raises this year and the St. Paul United Methodist Church is letting the students meet there monthly. If you would like to help FCA call 228-875-0333.
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