From the stadium to the sanctuary

November 7, 2013



Fellowship of Christian Athletes members reflect and pray at their weekly meeting in the field house. – Photo by Derek J. Amaya

Fellowship of Christian Athletes members reflect and pray at their weekly meeting in the field house. – Photo by Derek J. Amaya

FCA members talk about the importance of their spirituality.


Sports Reporter


Throughout many years of athletic competition, players have shown a relationship between the gridiron and the spiritual battlefield.


It has grown in time to something much larger than the athletes; it is known worldwide that some athletes give respect for their talents to a higher power.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or FCA, has become a focal point for athletes who are spiritually active.


Hayden Slack, former FCA president at Louisiana Tech, said he brought his spirituality to Tech for a greater purpose other than sports.


“Colossians 3:23 has always been kind of my verse to live by,” Slack said. “It says, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for human matters.’”




Slack said his faith has opened new doors and experiences he could have never imagined.


“I text a group of people a Bible verse every morning,” Slack said. “I started fall of 2010 with about 90 people and now it has grown to over 650 men and women.”


D.J. Banks, a senior wide receiver, has since taken over the presidential duties for FCA.


Banks said he felt the calling to serve and be a strong voice on and off the field.


“My first year I served on leadership, so I wanted to take over as president eventually,” Banks said. “The biggest thing for me is being the greatest influence I can be.”


Banks said becoming president has led other teammates to FCA.


“Many of the guys on the team go now,” Banks said. “I try to be a strong example of what I preach and show the guys there is more to life than football.”




Others such as Pauline Tufi, freshman softball player, said FCA has been a great foundation for her at Tech.


“My friend Courtney Lowe encouraged me to go with her so I gave it a shot,” Tufi said. “I’m from Alaska so it is nice to know there are people here that care about me and pray for me every day.”


Tufi said it is also good for interacting with other Christian athletes.


“You get to meet so many different people from different places,” Tufi said. “Everyone has a different story but no one passes judgment and that is my favorite thing about FCA.”


FCA is about impacting for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches, according to Slack.


“FCA is all about your bond with Christ through your fellow athletes,” Slack said. “Everyone works together to make their spirituality the best it can possibly be.”


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