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As we carry out ministry, we are using the methods of engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same.  Our desire is to have disciples making disciples.  Once a coach or athlete has been engaged through genuine relationships built by sharing our lives and the gospel, we equip coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ.  In time, these coaches and athletes begin engaging and equipping others. 


To empower a coach or athlete is to place them in position where through their influence they begin engaging and equipping others as disciple makers.  Coaches and athletes are given the tools necessary to lead their fellow peers into growing relationships with Jesus Christ and His Church.  Disciples making disciples.
 



COACH & BOARD SPOTLIGHT


Meet Northeast Florida area past football coach and current Nassau County FCA Board Member, Travis Hodge.  Prior to joining Nassau County FCA as a volunteer and board member, Coach Hodge was an assistant coach at Episcopal High School, Bartram Trail High School, and Madison County High School.  He finished his coaching career as the head coach at Fernandina Beach High School.  His passion for Christ was displayed by the way he engaged his peers and players during his time there.  Coach Hodge made it a priority to take his teams to FCA Team Camps, personally attend Coaches Timeout Conferences with his assistant coaches, and provide opportunities for his entire coaching staff to be challenged in their faith weekly.
 
 
Since leaving teaching and coaching, Coach Hodge made it a priority to join Nassau County FCA as a board member and volunteer in order to provide the same opportunities he received as a coach to other coaches.  Coach Hodge now works with
 
Capital Financial Strategies as a financial advisor, coaching individuals and families in stewardship and management of their financial resources.  


Coach Hodge enjoys the many opportunities he gets to speak to coaches at FCA camps and retreats on how to best navigate the ins and outs as an educator and coach.  Check out Coach Hodge's video below about his experience with FCA. 

 

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT


Meet Jacksonville Jaguar Safety, Cody Davis.  Cody is in the midst of his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars after having spent the past five seasons with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.  FCA has been a growing part of Cody's life since high school, where he began taking notice of FCA and attending occasional events and prayer at the flagpole.  When Cody played collegiately at Texas Tech University, his team chaplain was an FCA staff member who played a pivotal role in helping Cody make his faith his own.  "I began to attend team Bible studies and my relationship with Jesus really began to grow," said Davis.  Upon reaching the NFL and playing with the St. Louis Rams, Cody learned that his team chaplain was an FCA staff member.  They began meeting regularly for Bible studies, couple studies, and pre-game chapels. 
  
  
As Cody reflects on his time with FCA all of these years, he recalls that it was God's word that kept him interested, learning, growing and coming back to FCA.  "I desired to know more about God and also gain different perspectives from both my peers as well as the teachers.  Reading and learning from the Bible was the most important aspect for me.  The support group that began to form around me as I shared my story and became vulnerable was a powerful thing.  FCA provided both fellowship and accountability rooted in God's Word."     
  
  
From a very early age, Cody always dreamed of being in the NFL.  Never being motivated by the money or fame, it was the platform that excited him most.  "I wanted to be able to make a difference and change lives using my influence and opportunities to serve," Davis said.  After his first year in the NFL, Davis started a youth football camp at his high school alma mater in his hometown of Stephenville, Texas.  In partnership with FCA, the camp serves up to 150 kids at no charge each year, teaching the fundaments of football, character, and sportsmanship.  The camp also allows Cody to share his story, testimony and get face-to-face with kids.  Summer 2019 will be the 6th annual camp.   
  
  
Since moving to the First Coast this past year, Cody has already begun making an impact right here in NE Florida.  Most recently, Cody worked with Northeast Florida FCA to provide a cleat design contest for students across the First Coast.  A variety of designs were submitted from area middle and high school students.  Two cleats designs were selected by Cody, and he then wore them during competitive play at the December 2nd Indianapolis Colts game and the December 16th Washington Redskins game.  Both students selected (and their families) were extended the invitation to attend the game, sit in the player family section at TIAA Bank Field, meet Cody following the game, and receive the cleats (to keep) with autograph from Cody.  Check out Cody's instagram posts below regarding the respective winners and their experiences.  Make sure to click the right-pointing arrows in both posts to view all photos.  To learn more about Cody's cleat design contest, visit the Cleat Design Contest page
  
   





Cody's Cleat Design Contest was part of the NFL's annual My Cleats My Cause initiative where players bring awareness to non-profits and charities they personally support.  When asked about his support of FCA, Cody said, "It is important to me to support FCA because I see the value in this ministry. The most important thing is bringing the gospel of Jesus to all, and I don't know of a better way to do it in our country than through sports!  I support FCA in my hometown of Stephenville, at my alma mater Texas Tech, and wherever I live in the NFL because FCA brings God's word into the locker room and around the world."  See this short video of Cody discussing his support of FCA through My Cleats My Cause: 



NE Florida FCA is thankful for Cody Davis and his support!

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Coaches Huddles
(led by fellow coaches)
Leading/Sponsoring Campus Huddles
Volunteering at Camp
Speaking Engagements

(at camps, retreats, breakfasts and seminars)
Volunteering and Serving within a Local Church
Serving as Staff or Board Members

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