The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is an international not-for-profit, nondenominational, religious organization. Its goals are to instill in athletes and coaches a vital Christian commitment and to grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially.

Begun in 1954 by Don McClanen, an Oklahoma coach, the organization moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1956. FCA in Indiana is led by a state director and executive council of men and women from the business community. It is funded by contributions and depends on volunteers to organize and supervise events. The Central Indiana FCA has a staff of seven.

The core of the FCA is the “huddle.” The FCA has 15,000 huddles in 95 countries, making it the largest sports ministry in the world. In Central Indiana, there are 150 huddles, with a membership of 30,000.

Huddle members are men and women athletes of middle school, senior high school, and college age, as well as coaches. Huddles build friendships, feature group discussions, provide Bible study, furnish inspiring programs, and foster church and community involvement.

FCA activities include camps, conferences, rallies, banquets, clinics, retreats, international trips, and tournaments.

FCA provides pregame meals and character coaching to student-athletes in Indianapolis Public Schools, During the 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, FCA carried out virtual huddles for coaches and athletes. Huddle advisors are coaches, parents, and the clergy. Adult chapters consist of coaches, businessmen, clergy, parents, and teachers who encourage and support the huddles.

Revised February 2021

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