- Posted March 27, 2014 by
Eagles for Christ
Oklahoma Christian University decides to create their own FCA called Eagles for Christ.
-Is this new organization going well or not?
Oklahoma Christian University does not have a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter instead; the university has come up with its own community of athletes named Eagles for Christ. Oklahoma Christian does not have an FCA because of the organization being non denominational when the University is affiliated with church’s of Christ. This creates the unique opportunity for the school to support its athletes’ spiritual lives. Many of the players have an opinion about this program.
“They connect the athletes together by talking about their faith because sometimes while playing a sport, we forget that we also need to connect with God,” said Shea Coats, an Oklahoma Christian University varsity softball player. “I always enjoy participating in the events that they have planned for us even though, sometimes, the activities are kind of dorky.”
Coats and Haley Goodin, a fellow teammate and also a freshman, are in agreement that this program has helped their lives in connecting with god. Goodin goes on to say that Oklahoma Christian even has a chapel for athletes run by Eagles for Christ.
“Having chapel once a month that is different than the rest of the school kind of helps all of the athletes check up on their spiritual lives, but it is also true that you get out of it what you put in to it,” said Goodin.
Haily Squier, a freshman varsity softball player, agrees with Coats and Goodin about how the program has helped with her spiritual walk, but she also believes that the activities and games in the program could use a little work.
“Chapel and group time is really great, and you always meet new people from different sports,” said Squier. “It really makes the athletic community more of a family. I would say that the little games that we are made to play are a little childish. We have been playing team building games most of our lives. I think we get the picture when it comes to working with our teammates.”
Jessica Ruckman is the varsity softball coach and she goes on to talks about what eagles for Christ means to her and her team.
“The team, I believe really enjoys having chapel together and coming together to have their own version of FCA,” said Ruckman. “A lot of the kids used to go to the FCA meetings at other schools. This made it hard because not all of them have the resources to get to the meetings. Most athletes at any school have the reputation of being the partyers around campus. Oklahoma wants to makes sure that this is not the case when it comes to how these students are perceived on campus. Eagles for Christ organization is all about making the right support system for our players. The twitter page (@EaglesforChrist) is a great outreach to people on campus because it lets people know how the players are doing, also, when their games are. Just being present is all it really takes for people to support one another.”
The Oklahoma Christian version of the FCA may have a few quirks, but it is making an impact in the lives of the athletic life on campus, which is what Eagles for Christ was intended to do.
By: Megan Scharf