2017 FCA Wrestling Camp
Session One: June 11 – 14, 2017 | Session Two: June 14 – 17, 2017
Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA
Each session is a 3 night/ 4 day camp with world class clinicians, tough competition, and an awesome FCA inspirational program. This camp is open to any middle-school through high school aged wrestlers!
(One of the best coaching staffs in the nation): John Azevedo (NCAA Champion; ‘80 Olympic Team; coached Calvary Chapel H.S. to 7 CA state championships, retired coach @ “Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo”, coach of Titan-Mercury); Mike McArthur (3x NCAA All-American; coached for Oklahoma State, Athletes in Action; the USA Olympic Team); Tom Ryan (2x NCAA All-American for U. of Iowa, Head Coach at Ohio State, 2009 “NCAA Coach of the Year”); Jim Gruenwald (3x Nat’l Christian College Champ; 4x National AAU Greco Champ; 2x Olympian for USA; Pam Am Champ & World Cup Champion; head coach at Wheaton College); Josh Henson (NCAA All-American for U. of Pennsylvania, Coach at Shorter University); Jake Brumbelow (Nationally ranked wrestler & team captain for Carson Newman College, head coach @ Emmanuel College.)
- Discount price: $325.00/ wrestler, if registered & deposit paid. by April 14th.
- $340/ wrestler after 4/15. Note: A late fee of $25 assessed after 5/31.
- Prices apply to teams & individuals. Includes 3 nights lodging, 4 days of great technique training & competition, 9 meals, T-shirt, & FCA Bible.
1 coach free for every 10 wrestlers
You are not registered until your camp deposit has been paid!
All deposits are non-refundable, but a “substitution” may take a team’s/ wrestler’s place.
*Note: $25.00 extra late fee – after May 31, 2016 (Price goes up to $365 / wrestler)
Camp space is limited to 200 wrestlers / session.
Final information will be sent to all registered teams & wrestlers by end of May.
For More Information
Contact: Bill Gifford (FCA Wrestling-Georgia)
Phone: (770) 364-2527
A completed waiver must be
turned in the first day of camp.
We had the opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel with 500 wrestlers and coaches in June. FCA Wrestling Team Camp had a total of 440 campers (200 wrestlers & 40 coaches @ Session One; and 175 wrestlers & 25 coaches @ Session Two). Our incredible clinicians included John Azevedo (3x College Nat’l Champ, 3x NCAA D1 finalist, NCAA Champ; 1980 Olympic Team; current coach of national Open Champions, Titan Mercury); Mike McArthur (3x time NCAA All-American, alternate on the ’76 Olympic Team; coach of numerous USA Teams); and Tom Ryan (coach of the reigning NCAA champions, the Ohio State U. Buckeyes). God used these men, & others, to touch many lives. By the Lord’s grace, we saw 69 young men indicate “first time decisions” for Jesus Christ, and another 77 young men “re-dedicate” their lives to the Lord at our team camp in Rome. In addition, we saw 3 more “salvation decisions”, and 4 “re commitments” at our new partnership camp in Camden Co. That is a total of 72 “salvation decisions”, and 81 “re dedications” to Christ, this month. One of the “re dedications” made was by a coach this month. He decided to get baptized a week after returning home from camp. God is so good!!
We had the opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel with 500 wrestlers and coaches in June. FCA Wrestling Team Camp had a total of 440 campers (200 wrestlers & 40 coaches @ Session One; and 175 wrestlers & 25 coaches @ Session Two). Our incredible clinicians included John Azevedo (3x College Nat’l Champ, 3x NCAA D1 finalist, NCAA Champ; 1980 Olympic Team; current coach of national Open Champions, Titan Mercury); Mike McArthur (3x time NCAA All-American, alternate on the ’76 Olympic Team; coach of numerous USA Teams); and Tom Ryan (coach of the reigning NCAA champions, the Ohio State U. Buckeyes). God used these men, & others, to touch many lives. By the Lord’s grace, we saw 69 young men indicate “first time decisions” for Jesus Christ, and another 77 young men “re-dedicate” their lives to the Lord at our team camp in Rome. In addition, we saw 3 more “salvation decisions”, and 4 “recommitments” at our new partnership camp in Camden Co. That is a total of 72 “salvation decisions”, and 81 “rededications” to Christ, this month. One of the “rededications” made was by a coach this month. He decided to get baptized a week after returning home from camp. God is so good!!
Wrestlers get mat, life lessons at FCA camp
FCA Summer Wrestling Camp Nearly 450 wrestlers from Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania are attending the wrestling camp at Shorter’s Winthrop-King Centre.
Posted: Friday, June 12, 2015 3:18 am | Updated: 3:20 am, Fri Jun 12, 2015.
Each day this week, hundreds of middle and high school wrestlers are filling the gymnasium inside Shorter University’s Winthrop-King Centre to learn from world-class clinicians during the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Summer Wrestling Camp.
Nearly 450 wrestlers from Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania are attending the camp that teaches the basics of the sport through a combination of technique training and competitive time, while also sharing the message of Jesus Christ.
Camp director Bill Gifford said the two-session camp, which runs through today, offers a valuable physical and spiritual opportunity for everyone from the coaches to their student athletes.
“The vision of FCA Wrestling is to impact the wrestling world for the Lord, and its mission is to encourage and build coaches and athletes with the gospel,” he said.
“When they come and see the quality of our program and they hear the message of our speakers, it touches lives. It’s the word of God at their level; it’s relevant to their lives, and we speak their language.”
Shorter University wrestling coach Josh Henson, a former NCAA All-American at the University of Pennsylvania, is teaching several sessions during the camp. He said the FCA camp’s goals align perfectly with Shorter’s mission of transforming lives through Christ.
“We are able to share the Gospel, and at the same time we are teaching these athletes elite-level techniques while exposing them to national clinicians who are Olympians and coaches of national championship teams,” Henson said.
This year’s clinicians include John Azevedo, an NCAA champion who also represented the United States in the 1980 Olympics; Mike McArthur, a three-time NCAA All-American who coached for the U.S. Olympic team; and Tom Ryan, a two-time NCAA All-American and current coach at Ohio State, which recently won the 2015 NCAA Division I National Championship in wrestling.
“All of our clinicians are world-class and are exceptional coaches,” Gifford said. “We want to have great coaches on the mats giving a great product at a great price — with a meaningful message to go along with it. That’s our philosophy.”
Sam Snider, wrestling coach at Gilmer High School in Ellijay brought 15 members of his team to Shorter University for the wrestlers’ first FCA camp.
“There is a great atmosphere here with good, quality coaches and people, so the kids are learning more than just the technique involved in wrestling. If you lose the character aspect of the sport, it all goes down the drain. Basically, unless Christ is in the center, it’s never going to last, and they’re seeing that here this week,” he said.
Snider, who has coached the GHS wrestling team to 15 state championship wins since 2005, said he spoke to a former colleague who attended the camp’s first session earlier this week.
“He called me yesterday and told me we were going to love it and that it was a great experience for him and his team,” Snider said. “I’ve had some very high-quality coaches tell me this would be a great place to come, and they were right.”
Taking the time to minister to the student athletes is an essential component of the FCA Wrestling Camp; however, another primary element to each session is making an impact in the coaches’ spiritual lives as well.
“Probably our most important ministry is to the coaches because when you reach a coach and help him grow in his faith, you impact somebody whose life is going to touch hundreds of kids for years and years and years,” Camp Director Gifford said. “The coach is the real influencer, and when he is walking with the Lord and being a strong, positive impact on his athletes’ lives, he will impact thousands of lives during his career.”
Gifford said the camp experience is just a portion of an ongoing relationship the FCA maintains with the student athletes and their coaches throughout the school year. He said the Fellowship of Christian Athletes offers devotional materials designed specifically for wrestlers, and many teams go on to hold Bible studies for their athletes throughout the school year.
“The great thing is that they love what they see and hear at camp, and they want to stay involved,” he said. “So we keep them involved through staying in touch. It doesn’t end after camp; this is the beginning. We had about 80 teams throughout the Southeast — over 40 from here in Georgia — that did weekly team Bible studies through FCA Huddles on the wrestling mats at their schools once a week this past year. This camp is just the start of great things for these teams, and we are happy to provide the opportunity to grow as athletes and Christians
God worked through FCA Wrestling-GA in a mighty way this summer, touching a total of 504 young people and coaches. Our team camps served over 400 wrestlers and 50 coaches in June. Another 50 fathers and sons attended our “Father & Son Retreat” in late July.
A big thanks goes to all of our ministry partners who helped provide scholarship funding, donated their time to help with camps, and prayed for our ministry this past summer. The vision of FCA Wrestling is “To impact the WRESTLING COMMUNITY for JESUS CHRIST”, through our mission, to INFLUENCE and BUILD COACHES and WRESTLERS with the GOSPEL.