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                                                                                                            WINTER 2011NEWSLETTER

                                                                                                               Quotes from
                                                                                                      MSU Athletes who attended the
       2011 Louisiana College Athlete Retreat Recap                                                             30th Annual
                                                                                                     Louisiana College Athlete Retreat
Bethany, LA—The 2011 installment of the Louisiana College Athlete Retreat was held at
Camp Bethany on January 21-23 and will go down as one the best in the 30-year history of           ―We went real hard for Christ this week-
                                                                                                   end. My bros and I had a blast, and made a
the event. The ―Retreat‖, as it is affectionately known, is the pinnacle of the FCA college        commitment for life that was bigger and
ministry in the state of Louisiana each year. It is designed to bring college athletes from all    better than any championship, touchdown,
                                                                                                   interception, or win. That commitment was
over the state together in one place, get them out of their comfort zones, and encourage
                                                                                                   to Christ. Now let that light grow and
them in their walks with Jesus.                                                                    shine bright so we can spread this great
This year’s theme, THE WALL, based on the book of Nehemiah, challenged over 225 ath-
                                                                                                   ―The reason we don't fit in is because we
letes to rebuild the walls in their lives that have been torn down by the pressures of the
                                                                                                   were created to STAND OUT.‖
world and stand firm in their commitments for Christ. With all of the pressures and de-
mands that are placed on them to succeed, college athletes need a place where they can             ―Had a great weekend at FCA Camp...its
                                                                                                   amazing to be around other athletes with a
literally lay their burdens down and feel the love of Christ, some for the very first time.
                                                                                                   passion for Christ .‖
                                           There were eight athletes that accepted the love of
                                           Christ for the first time and many, many more that      ―A righteous man or woman will fall 7
                                                                                                   times, but will rise back up.‖
                                           experienced renewal in their relationships with their
                                           Savior.                                                 ―The retreat was awesome. Thanks God!‖

                                         Nineteen athletes and six adults represented              ―FCA retreat has been more than a
                                         McNeese at the Retreat. Thank you to the sponsors
                                         and volunteers who made it possible to bring these        ―You can just pray that I walk the right path
                                         athletes. Please pray that the seeds planted in these     that God has in store for me. ―

                                         athletes’ hearts this weekend will continue to grow.


 Provided scholarships for 10 Coaches and their spouses to attend the FCA Coaches Retreat in Texas in July
 Hosting a Coaches Retreat in Louisiana at Cypress Bend Resort on Toledo Bend Lake July 22-24, 2011
 Weekly Coaches Bible Study
 Annual Spring Coaches Appreciation Dinner
 Over 100 Coaches Bibles distributed to Coaches on every high school campus in SWLA and at MSU

 Currently have 19 active FCA Huddles
 Over 1,000 SWLA coaches and athletes attended the 5th Annual Night of Champions Banquet in August
 Every spring, SWLA FCA awards a male and female high school senior with a $1,000 FCA Scholarship for college
 FCA Game Day Rally for SWLA Athletes at MSU Double Header Basketball game on Saturday, February 19, 2011
 40-60 athletes attend the weekly MSU Huddle, which includes dinner each Thursday evening
 Over 100 MSU Athletes attend the MSU Amazing Race held each spring
 200-300 athletes are impacted through MSU Game Day Chapel for MSU teams

 15 SWLA High School students attended the 2010 FCA Leadership Camp in June at Camp Bethany in Shreveport
 18 MSU athletes attended the 2010 Louisiana College Athlete Retreat in January
 15 athletes attended the FCA National College Conference over Memorial Day Weekend 2010

 Fields of Faith hosted by six local high schools on October 13, 2010
                Barbe, Dequincy, Deridder, Iowa, Sam Houston, Sulphur
                Total Students Impacted – 3,033
                Total Influenced
                        218 first-time decisions to trust Christ
                        449 commitments to follow Christ
                        814 Commitments to Read the Bible daily
 Appreciation Dinner for FCA Volunteers featuring the Cajun Comedian, Jonathan Perry, as the guest speaker
 Monthly FCA Board of Advisors Meeting
 FCA Endurance, composed of adult endurance athletes from across the lake area, meet monthly
 SWLA FCA Baseball took a team to the Dominican Republic for a missions trip Thanksgiving week
 Hosted a sports clinic for 25 kids over Christmas break

            Doing Sports God’s Way Clinic                                               2010 Coaches Retreat

                       SWLA FCA | P.O. Box 9 | Sulphur, LA 70664 | 337.625.4723 |

       Steve Sanford, Area Director | | Denise Sanford, Administrative Assistant |

                                 Nicole Rapagnani, Area Representative |
                                                                                                                                            Thank you to our 2011 FCA Golf
                                                                                                                                                  Scramble Sponsors
                                                                                                                           Assured Mini-Storage
                         On Saturday, February 19, two hundred local high school students joined us for the McNeese        Barrett Navarre
                         Basketball FCA Gameday, when the McNeese Cowboys & Cowgirls took on in-state conference           Big Daddy’s Sports Grill & Restaurant
                         rival, Northwestern State in a double-header. Students were welcomed by McNeese President,        Billy Navarre Chevrolet/Honda/
                         Dr. Williams and McNeese Athletic Director and FCA Board Member, Tommy McClelland and             Hyundai
                         received a pink Team FCA Gameday t-shirt in honor of the women’s basketball team doing breast     C. Jones Investments LLC
                         cancer awareness that day.                                                                        Coca-Cola
                                                                                                                           Coyote Blues
Between games, students headed to the Chalkey Room to hear guest speaker, Mikado Hinson, chaplain for the
                                                                                                                           Dave McCarty, State Farm Insurance
University of Houston, share the gospel and the hope of Jesus Christ. They also heard the testimony of
University of Houston offensive lineman, Isaiah                                                                            Dewayne Bruette
Thompson, who was heading to the NFL combine.                                                                              Don’s Car Wash
Isaiah challenged the students to seek Christ and                                                                          Dr. Brett Cascio
glorify Him on and off the field of competition, and                                                                       Graduate Sales, Northwest Louisiana
to know that Jesus is continually seeking after and                                                                        Hamilton House
pursuing them.                                                                                                             Harlequin
                                                                                                                           Johnny Janese, State Farm Insurance
Although the day included two wins for McNeese,
                                                                                                                           Lake Charles Country Club
extending their undefeated record at home this
                                                                                                                           Lewing Construction, Inc.
season, the biggest victory of the day was several
students who indicated that they wanted to receive                                                                         Louisiana Concrete
Christ’s love, commit their lives to Him, and make                                                                         McNeese Athletics
Him their Head Coach.                                                                                                      O’Charley’s
                                                                                                                           Safari Realty
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA FCA GOLF SCRAMBLE RECAP                                                                                Special Touch
                                                On Monday, February 21, 36 golfers enjoyed a gorgeous day on the golf      State Representative, Chuck Kleckley
                                                course at Lake Charles Country Club for the first annual Southwest Loui-
                                                                                                                           Stutes & Lavergne, Attorneys at Law
                                                siana FCA Golf Scramble.
                                                                                                                           SWLA FCA
                                                The day included a four person scramble, prizes, and a raffle. Golfers had Tarver Ford & Lake Charles Toyota
                                                the opportunity to win a car with a hole in one, thanks to hole in one     Terrell & Associates, Inc
                                                sponsor Tarver Ford and Lake Charles Toyota. The event ended with a        Independently owned & operated. Member FINRA/SIPC
                                                                                                                           Securities offered through Securian Financial Services, Inc.
                                                message about faith and perseverance from Gene Zimmerman, current
                                                                                                                           Texas Roadhouse
                                                Lake Area FCA Endurance member and former professional golfer.
                                                                                                                           Tommy & Jessica McClelland
                                                Thanks again to our sponsors, participants, and volunteers who made this Westlake Golf Course
                                                day possible! Over $4,000 (net) was raised to directly support the local
                                                FCA ministry. We are already looking forward to next year!

2011 Louisiana FCA Leadership Camp | Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 9 | Camp Bethany (outside of Shreveport, LA)
The Louisiana FCA Leadership Camp is a co-ed camp for students and adult sponsors who serve on the leadership team in their school's FCA group. The
schedule includes practical tips for Christian growth as well as organizational, leadership, spiritual, and motivational tips for leading an effective FCA on campus.

                                           At FCA Camp, you will be part of…
                                           - Powerful Small Groups
                                           - Awesome Team-building Experiences
                                           - Lifelong Friendships
                                           - Intense Instructional Seminar
                                           - Athletic Competition

Whether you are a "new" or "old" FCA Huddle Officer, you will be full of confidence and inspiration after attending this camp. You will receive training from
top FCA staff, huddle leaders, and youth workers who have years of experience in youth ministry. You will also gain insight and tips on how to effectively reach
your school for Christ through your FCA Huddle. College Huddle Leaders will be working with you "hands on" to prepare you for the upcoming school year.
Cost will be approximately $300.

2011 Louisiana Coaches Time Out | Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24 | Cypress Bend Resort, Toledo Bend
Know any coaches & spouses who want to get away for the weekend to be refreshed & encouraged? If so, contact Steve Sanford for more information
( FCA Staff will be delivering invitations to coaching staffs at each school this semester.

For a list of FCA camps across the country, go to:

            Southwest Louisiana FCA
            P.O. Box 9
            Sulphur, LA 70664


                                                                      Southwest Louisiana
CALENDAR OF EVENTS                    SWLA FCA Huddles                Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Tuesday, April 12, 2011               McNeese State University        Board of Advisors
Board of Advisors Meeting             A M Barbe High School
                                      Basile High School              Charles & Beverly Allen
Sunday, April 17, 2011                Bell City High School           The Honorable Guy Bradbury
Coaches Appreciation Dinner                                           Dewayne Bruette
                                      DeQuincy High School
                                                                      Steve Floyd
Monday, May 9, 2011                   DeRidder High School
                                                                      Brad & Jessica Forsyth
MSU Amazing Race                      East Beauregard High School     Leonard & Janis Guillory
                                      Grand Lake High School          Jim and Dawn Hill
Tuesday, May 10, 2011                 Hamilton Christian Academy      Stephen & Susanne Hughes
Board of Advisors Meeting
                                      Iowa High School                Ryan and Kelly Ivey
Friday-Monday, May 27-30, 2011        Jennings High School            Chris Jones
FCA National College Conference       LaGrange High School            Pastor Rick LaFleur
                                      Sam Houston High School         Bernita Loyd
Monday-Thursday, June 6-9, 2011                                       Tommy & Jessica McClelland
                                      South Beauregard High School
Louisiana FCA Leadership Camp                                         Barrett Navarre
                                      Sulphur 9th Grade
                                                                      Charlie Phillips
Friday-Sunday, July 22-24, 2011       Sulphur High School             Glen Pumpelly
Louisiana Coaches Time Out            Vinton High School              Jeff Peterson
                                      Washington Marion High School   Nicole Rapagnani
Sunday, August 28, 2011               Westlake High School            Steve & Denise Sanford
Night of Champions                                                    Cris Sanford
                                      Maplewood Middle School
                                                                      Louis Todd
                                      DONATE TO SUPPORT SWLA FCA      Bob & Allison Walling
For a full list of events, go to:    

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