Greater Hall Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team Celebration
When: Doors open 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29
Where: Free Chapel, 3001 McEver Road, Gainesville
Cost: $30 per person
More info: www.fcabanquet.com
You don’t often get avid Georgia Tech and University of Georgia fans together for a common mission.
But the chaplains from each university’s football programs will be in Hall County this month, sharing some “clean, old-fashioned love.”
Thomas Settles from UGA and Derrick Moore from Georgia Tech will be two of the speakers at the Greater Hall Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team Celebration at 6 p.m. March 29 at Free Chapel in Gainesville.
The annual event will be headlined by Jeff Foxworthy and include testimonies in Free Chapel’s auditorium from local coaches and students.
“The main goal each year is to celebrate the things — obviously the ministry — or what God has done through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes,” said Jason Lester, director of Greater Hall FCA.
The portion of the event called “clean, old-fashioned love” will bring Settles and Moore together to share their stories.
“We’ll kind of let Jeff facilitate that portion of the event, poking fun at Tech and Georgia,” Lester said. “Jeff Foxworthy actually graduated from Georgia Tech but is kind of a University of Georgia guy now.”
Lester said the purpose is to let local folks know the ministry happens on college campuses as well. Settles and Moore are employed by FCA, not their respective schools, he said.
Foxworthy has long supported FCA and will share his story “obviously with a ton of humor involved,” Lester said.
“We’re excited about Jeff Foxworthy being with us,” he said. “And a key piece is the testimony from our coaches, the kids here, the athletes in our area who’ve been impacted by the ministry, to give our community a view of what God’s done through the ministry.”
The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $30 each at www.fcabanquet.com. Tickets can be purchased up to the day of the event.
In prior years, the Home Team Celebration included a meal and was held in a banquet-style setting, but this year’s event will not. It is one of the biggest fundraisers for Greater Hall FCA, which has to raise “100 percent of our ministry dollars,” Lester said.
“There will be a little bit more music, making it a bit more of a true celebration event than a banquet,” he said. “We just wanted to do something different, after doing it eight or nine years now.”
Lester said many FCA supporters attend the event, but anyone is encouraged to attend, including those who are curious but unfamiliar with the organization.
“We want to let (our supporters) see where their money’s gone and thank them for what they’ve done,” he said. “But also we want to give people who maybe are not supporting an opportunity to see what FCA is all about.”
He said those who attend will get a real feeling of the good being done through the organization.
“It’s to brag on the Lord and what he’s doing through the ministry of FCA,” he said. “I know with the culture today, we want people to know God is still in our schools and we still have the opportunity to minister to kids and coaches in schools through this ministry, and it’s completely legal.
“The culture seems to be God is being kicked out of school, but that’s not the case with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”