Fellow Christian Athletes

JJ Watt is a prime example of an athlete who exemplifies faith.  Greater Latrobe embraces so through the club Fellow Christian Athletes, also known as the FCA ,that started just three years ago at Latrobe with the help of Jake Artuso. When Marty Martinosky, leader of FCA, brought to the school board the idea they fully supported him. Marty Martinoksy said, “ I am apart of Fca because it’s my passion, I don’t want kids to lose sight of what’s really important.”

“I am a part of FCA because the mission of FCA is something that applies to everything you do in life and walking out of every meeting with a new way to make a positive difference somehow is an irreplaceable feeling,” said Hannah Mears.

Every week about thirty-five students have been attending FCA meetings, which are held on Thursdays after school in C106. They further their faith at the meetings and every week a parent will donate pizza to eat.

Each meeting starts by an opening prayer followed by speaking of important announcements. The rest of the time a student run lesson is performed. In some way they connect a bible verse to a story.

Vince Guerrieri and Holden Kammer, service coordinators, have teamed up to provide activities outside of school for FCA. Some of the activities will help build the basic values of FCA while building the community. Support

The FCA has four values. Integrity: We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately and publicly. Serving: We will model Jesus’ example of serving. Teamwork: We will express our unity in Christ. Excellence: We will honor and glorify God in all we do.

The four values are seen by supporting the intrasquad baseball team led by Guerri. The FCA emblem is on it’s back as a sponsor. “It represents what the games are actually about. You don’t play for yourself or others you play for God,” said Vince Guerrieri.

The vision of FCA is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. Their mission is to present to anyone in the club, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure or receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Your level of faith doesn’t matter and it is non denominational.

At the first meeting Martinosky used the bible verses Romans 2:11 and Romans 15:7 which both talk about how all are equal and welcome in God’s eyes. He chose those specific verses to get across that even if you don’t play a sport or you’re in band, chorus or anything else, you’re still welcome to the club.

Josh Kennedy the club’s captain said, “I am apart FCA to be able to spend time with other Christian. It’s also a great way to get the word of God across.”

FCA is for anyone who is looking to continue or further their faith athletes or not everyone is equal in God’s eyes.