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  • April 2016 Athlete Spotlight

    Name: Connor Dial

    School you attend: Sandy Creek High School

    Sport(s) you play: Cross Country, Track&Field

    Position(s) you play: 3200, 1600 meters

    Favorite color: Green

    Favorite movie: The Notebook

    Favorite hang-out: My Bed

    Who inspires you and why?: David Livingstone was a Scottish missionary who devoted his life towards sharing the Gospel with the people of Africa throughout the 19th century. Despite him not being the most popular person in the high school athlete environment, he inspires me to not allow myself to become possessive over any characteristic of my life. Not only did he devote 32 years of his life to missions, but the death of both him and his wife was a result of his unwavering Earthly devotion to Jesus Christ. He gave a very accurate example of what it truly means to live by the verse 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “You are not your own, you were bought at a price”. Today, Livingstone is accredited to much of the birth of mission work in Africa. As a result, spiritual lives of thousands have been saved because of his selfless desire for God to use his life for the furthering of His Kingdom.

    What are your goals for this season?: Because this is the last semester of my high school career, I already know where I will be running if I decide to on the collegiate level. Therefore, because my college recruiting process is basically over, I want to make sure I focus on leaving impressions on my teammates hearts this year rather than on the wall of school records. My goal this spring is to leave the track knowing that my legacy isn't "the fast distance runner from Sandy Creek" but rather "the guy who worked hard in all he did and used his success platform to lead others to Christ". After all, in the long run (pun intended) the ladder will be all that actually matters.

    What is your favorite sports memory?: My grandparents are two other people who greatly inspire me, and I would say that my greatest sports memories were spent running Atlanta Track Club 5ks around the city every summer with them. Not many people are blessed with a set of grandparents who share the same interests as them, and even less are blessed with grandparents who love them enough to teach them that while investing time in running is noble, investing time in Christ is the only purpose for us even having life in the first place.

    What does FCA mean to you?: To me, FCA is the best high school organization created because the Lord uses it to make some of the most influential people in high school into leaders for Christ. It bonds together what is the most popular high school activity (sports) with what SHOULD BE the most popular high school activity (spreading and growing in the Gospel). The combination of the Holy Spirit, athletes, praise and worship, and free donuts (or Chick-fil-a biscuits if you know a guy) makes FCA a welcoming environment for just about any high school student. And the Lord never ceases to amaze me on how he can use those mere high school attractions (singing, sports, and food) to completely change the lives of students before they head off to college (arguably the most influential years of one’s life). To me, FCA is an organization that makes leaders into leaders for Christ

     

  • February 2016 Athlete Spotlight

    Name: Andrea Swanson

    School: McIntosh High School

    Grade: 12

    Church you attend: Heritage Christian Church

    Favorite Bible Verse: "To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit." [Jonah 2:6]

    Favorite Food: Coconut Chicken Soup

    Favorite Movie: Fast Five

     

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