Boys Team Wrestling Camp | June 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th
Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA
TEAM WRESTLING CAMP
June 5 – 8, 2023
Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA
The camp is a 3 night/ 4 day camp: world class clinicians, tough competition, & an awesome FCA inspirational program. (Open to M.S. through H.S. wrestlers.)
Jim Gruenwald (3x Nat’l Christian College Champ; 4x National AAU Greco Champ; 2x Olympian for USA; Pan Am Champ & World Cup Champion; Coach at Wheaton College);
Tom Ryan (2x NCAA All-American for U. of Iowa; Head Coach at perennial BIG TEN powerhouse Ohio State; 3x “NCAA Coach of the Year”); Omi Acosta (Coach at Life University – 2021 NAIA National Champs & 2022 Nat’l Runner-ups; 2021 NWCA’S National Coach of the Year for NAIA; 2021 USA Wrestling Magazine’s National Coach of the Year. Has produced 5 NAIA National Champs,14 nat’l finalists, 31 All-Americans, & 55 nat’l qualifiers. Ben Smith (Former wrestler @ UT-Chattanooga; Head Coach for highly successful program at Bradley Central HS in Tennessee).
Jeff Bedard (2x All-American & NAIA Nat’l Champ for Carson-Newman; Was a 3x U.S. Armed Forces Champion for the U.S. Army; a Military World Champion & 6x US Open All-American; Georgia Coach of the Year in 2007 while coaching Wesleyan to a state championship. As a club coach, Jeff has helped develop 54 H.S. All-Americans & 37 state champs. Now Coach of Reinhardt U., where he was the NAIA’s 2019 Nat’l Coach of the Year. In the college ranks, Jeff has produced 27 All-Americans and 2 Nat’l Champs.) Richard Perry (wrestled for Bloomsburg U., where he amassed a record of 110 wins & 30 losses, with 2 PA State Athletic Conf. titles, & was 3x qualifier for the NCAA Div. I tourney. After college, Richard made the USA Nat’l Team at 86 kgs in 2018. On Aug. 27, 2018, while training with the USA Team, Richard sustained a horrific injury, which the doctors said would leave him as an invalid for life. Today, by God’s grace, Richard is training again at the RTC in PA.)
Cost: Discount price: $415.00/ wrestler, if registered by May 12th.
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
- There will be a LIMIT on number of teams & wrestlers at this camp
- Information for securing camp scholarships is on our website
Contact: Trevor Ramos (Dir. FCA Wrestling-Georgia)
FCA Wrestling-Georgia Summer Camps ‘
Check out the 5 minute video clip for an idea of what God did this summer at our camps!
STEP 1 FOR COACHES – Please fill out the intent form below to reserve your spot, then proceed to STEP 2 for Team Registrations.
Everyone must register, Coaches and Wrestlers
STEP 2 FOR COACHES – Individually register all Coaches & Wrestlers
This was a great summer of camps. We are truly excited to see what the Lord has done and continues to do. Our clinicians and speakers made a huge impact on our campers, staff and coaches. We are also celebrating that we held the FIRST EVER FCA Girls Wrestling Camp this summer. We are truly thankful for all of these opportunities the Lord blesses us with through FCA Wrestling.
Father & Son Retreat – 38 Campers; 3 salvation decisions indicated, and 9 “rededications” to the Lord.
FCAW Team Camp – 316 Campers; 22 salvation decisions indicated, and 52 “rededications” to the Lord.
FCAW Girls Camp – 28 Campers; 4 salvation decisions indicated, and 3 “rededications” to the Lord.
FCA Wrestling Partnership Camp with Southern Hospitality Camp at Camden Co. HS – 150 kids averaged at the FCA huddles each day. 3 young men made salvation decisions, and 16 recommitted their lives to Christ.
FCA Wrestling Partnership Camp with Vidalia HS Wrestling Camp – 82 campers (75 wrestlers & their 7 coaches) at the camp. 10 young men indicated salvation decisions, and 4 rededicated their lives to Christ.
June Totals for FCA Wrestling Camps in Georgia:
614 campers, with 42 young people indicating salvation decisions and 84 rededicating their lives to Christ.
FCA Wrestling-GA hosted our 2018 Team Camp at Emmanuel College, with two camp sessions during the week of June 10 – 16, plus a small Father & Son Retreat. Please see the two attached pictures and the stats below.
Overall, (not including our FCA Staff), we had a total of 277 wrestlers and coaches at our 2018 FCA Wrestling “Team Camp”. (Session One had 172 wrestlers & coaches; Session Two had 105 wrestlers & coaches.)
By God’s grace we saw a total of 26 young men make first-time decisions for Christ, and 73 souls “recommitted” their lives to the Lord.
Here are just a few comments from campers:
1. “I thank everyone involved in helping put on this camp. I definitely grew in my relationship with the Lord.”
2. “This camp was life changing. It opened my eyes so much!”
3. “I had strayed from the fundamentals of being a Christian and allowed my actions to be influenced by the world. I would like to thank this camp for helping me renew my faith. Please pray for the ones on our team who did not come this camp and are struggling in their faith.” (comment from a coach’s son)
3. “Most of the guys on my team are believers and have grown spiritually from being at this camp. This camp was like a slap in the face to wake them up in their need to pursue Christ. Please pray for one of my wrestlers, who was adopted at a late age and is slowly growing up. I have watched him at camp this week, and I see an emptiness in his eyes and face.” (comment from a coach)
God did a mighty work at our 2018 FCA Wrestling Camp at Emmanuel College.
Our Father & Son Retreat was very small, with two fathers bringing their sons to the camp. However, because we enfolded that camp into the bigger “team camp”, the four fathers and sons had an awesome time and loved the camp. Including these four extra campers, FCA Wrestling had a total of 281 campers at Emmanuel College during the week of June 10 -16.
We also worked with several other “partnership camps” this month.
1. On our “Team Camp” (at Emmanuel College): * Session One; was from June 11-14. It had 155 wrestlers & coaches in attendance, and had 15 salvation decisions recorded, & 55 re-dedications to the Lord.
* Session Two was June 14-17. It had 175 in attendance, with 23 salvation decisions & 34 re-dedications.
2. The Camden Co. partnership camp was from June 11-15. Approximately 300 in attendance, 150 of whom attended the FCA Huddle faithfully each day; We had 15 salvation decisions, and 28 re-dedications.
3. The partnership camp at Reinhardt U. was from June 15-18. They had 13 wrestlers & 3 coaches at the camp & all attended the FCA Huddles. No decisions were recorded, but it was a good start for a new partnership.
4. The new FCA Wrestling partnership w/ Vidalia HS camp was from June 26-29. We had 35 wrestlers & 3 coaches at camp. All attended the FCA Huddles. There were 5 salvation decisions recorded, & 4 re-dedications.
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
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.