The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) announced today that Honeoye Falls-Lima junior Garrett Ruff will attend Cornell University in Fall 2018. Ruff, who has been a midfielder with the Northeast 2018 team for the past four years, has developed great respect for FCA’s lacrosse program during his tenure.
“The longer I have stayed with FCA, the more I appreciate the atmosphere and culture. It is a great combination of lacrosse, friendships & fun. And, it is not your typical club program – no one plays selfishly and the team truly come before the individual,” Ruff said.
Garrett’s parents Renee and Ray Ruff of Mendon, have appreciated the culture that the FCA coaches create in the program that makes it stand apart from the others: “We always felt Garrett was treated fairly, and that his coaches challenged him without putting undue pressure on him. They kept the atmosphere balanced with fun, yet with high expectations for competitive intensity. FCA provides a balance of elite lacrosse with a principled culture of family/team and faith that is not only unique, but almost impossible to find in any youth sport today.”
“Garrett received several offers and opportunities to leave FCA over the past three years for other clubs. But none of us ever considered it. The longer you spend with FCA, the more you appreciate it. We never doubted that FCA cared about Garrett as a kid — not just as a player, and that they wanted what was truly best for him.”Ruff's Parents
And, the Ruffs are in agreement with their son when it comes to having developing a growing appreciation for FCA over the years: “Garrett received several offers and opportunities to leave FCA over the past three years for other clubs. But none of us ever considered it. The longer you spend with FCA, the more you appreciate it. We never doubted that FCA cared about Garrett as a kid — not just as a player, and that they wanted what was truly best for him.”
FCA’s Regional Camp and Community Coordinator Sol Bliss is hopeful that Ruff will continue to be involved with FCA. “We are thankful that the Ruff family has been with us for so many years, and although Garrett is excited about playing in the Big Red lacrosse program in a couple years, we look forward to having him continue to be a part of our program for his final years of high school, and also returning as an FCA coach.
“With FCA it’s not just about helping kids play college lacrosse, we also prepare them for success both on and off the field at that college by helping them to lay a strong foundation for their life in the years to come. Not only are we proud of the many accomplishments that Garrett has had on the field, but we believe he will be a great coach and future leader who will return to help ensure that our program continues to grow in the future,” Bliss said.
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.
More information can be found at FCA.org.