ROCHESTER, NY – July 21, 2015 – Solomon Bliss, Major Lacrosse League Champion and two-time All-American at Syracuse University, began his new full-time position as FCA’s Regional Camp and Team Coordinator on July 1, 2015. The position emerged from a growing number of kids involved in lacrosse and FCA. Bliss, who has been an asset to FCA Northeast’s lacrosse ministry coaching ranks for the past few years, will take over all camp and team responsibilities that were previously coordinated by Sean McNamara, FCA’s Northeast VP of Field Ministry. Sol’s duties will include organizing FCA camps, clinics and travel teams, as well as spearheading efforts to recruit more kids to attend summer camps across the Northeast. Sean will continue to focus on serving as the Vice President of Field Ministry role with FCA and growing FCA throughout New York, New England and Canada.
“I’m really stepping into a great situation. Sean and his team have built an incredible foundation. I hope to give a fresh spin on things, and just build on what’s already in place. I look forward to the challenge of growing and developing our FCA base across the Northeast region.” Bliss said.
Bliss shares the same philosophy about FCA as his predecessor regarding what FCA is all about: “As Sean always puts it: the job of the players is to love each other and the job of the coaches is to love the players, and I see that happening at all of the levels. Every coach loves the players and are there to help mold each individual in a way that will allow them to be successful in life, not just in sports,” Bliss said.
Bliss also expressed enthusiasm about the FCA staff with whom he will work: “We are like-minded individuals, all who have different ideas, but one same goal: a true desire to do what’s best for the kids. The FCA staff in the Northeast aren’t just hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word, and the fact that we are all hearing the same Word and have the same focus is how things get accomplished.
Not only is Bliss enthused about the employee side of the job, but he is equally excited about building relationships with the parents and kids who are intentionally choosing FCA. “The parents who are signing their kids up for FCA, are signing up for more than a sport, and it’s great to get to know those families who are in it for more than a sport, because they have an appreciation of the big picture, and they also like the family atmosphere that FCA has and the way the kids genuinely care about each other.”
Hearing how God is working in the lives of families through FCA is an encouragement to Bliss as he begins his new position. “Last weekend at a tournament I was talking with a parent whose son had played on another club team which is located closer to their home, but when the son was asked, ‘Do you want to play on the other team next year?’ his son’s reply was, ‘No way, I want to play for FCA.’ What I took away from this is the joy and support their son was getting from the FCA program, it’s a pretty good testimony about what FCA is all about.”
As with all FCA staff positions, Bliss’s full-time staff position is faith-funded by God through His people’s stewardship of their financial blessings. As such, his ministry budget is covered primarily by individuals giving tax-deductible donations regularly. If you are interested in learning more about how you can join Solomon’s support team please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 480-1233.
“I am looking forward to partnering with those who are willing to support this FCA initiative. I believe that whenever someone partners into a mission that whatever they give will be blessed by God and tithed back one-hundred fold,” Bliss said.
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has challenged athletes and coaches to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Camps are a time of inspiration and perspiration for athletes and coaches who want to reach their potential through comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training.
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
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