High Schools around the Valley kicked off the 2009 Football season this week with Two-A-Day practices and plenty of “shake the rust off” conditioning drills. Everyone is undefeated at the moment but with starting positions, as well as team success in question, many a player’s thoughts and prayers are focused on the journey ahead. (See more opening High School football coverage in Sports.) As part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Watermelon Ministry” Nehemiah Hanson, the Middle School Minister at First Baptist Church in Roanoke (above), concluded his talk with a prayer at the Northside practice field on Tuesday.

This marks the 4th year the Fellowship of Christian Athletes have conducted a Watermelon Ministry with local High School Football Teams in the Roanoke Valley. As the teams come off the field during summer two-a-day practices, members of the FCA Board of Directors treat the players to some cold watermelon, and a short message, “designed to help them recognize that all the talents they have come from God, and that we need to glorify him in all we do – both on and off the field.”

The ministry has grown each year and in 2008 FCA met with 15 teams and over 1,200 athletes. Al Soltis has been Chairman of the FCA leadership Board in Roanoke for the last 5 years. The board is composed of local business persons, educators, clergy, and volunteers. FCA has student led “Huddle Groups” which meet in all our area High Schools and most Middle Schools. If you would like more information on how you can be a part in helping the FCA ministry please contact Tim Hill at thill@fca.org or 434-455-1677.

Compiled from Staff Reports


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