FOR HIS GLORY

Fiscal-Year-End Report

September 2019 – August 2020

FOR HIS GLORY

Fiscal-Year-End Report

September 2019 – August 2020

In 1954, God gave Oklahoma basketball coach Don McClanen a vision: coaches and athletes impacting lives for Christ. This stirring led to the founding of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Now, 66 years later, the vision is still being fulfilled—to make Christ’s name known through the vehicle of sports—and has become one of the largest Christian sports organizations reaching coaches and athletes worldwide.

In 2008, FCA Wrestling (FCAW) was officially launched as a sport-specific ministry of FCA focusing solely on reaching those in the wrestling community. The commonality of wrestling has allowed us to build strong relationships that give us the opportunity to engage, equip, and empower coaches and wrestlers to impact their world for Christ. Carl Perry, FCAW Director since 2011, continues to be humbled and thankful by the tremendous growth and support the ministry has received.

A Message from Director Carl Perry

What a year it has been! Our fiscal year (September 2019—August 2020) was filled with many “firsts” in uncharted territory. But even in the wake of COVID, God’s presence has grown and we saw revival like never before. John 16:33 tells us that although we will have tribulation in this world, He has overcome and in Jesus we find peace. When wrestling championships were cancelled, we saw God show up. When the Olympics were postponed, we saw God stand up. When churches closed, we saw God pursue. And for the ministry of FCA Wrestling, we saw God move in ways we could have never imagined. Because of His glory and for His glory, we are passionate about what we do.

​Below are highlights from our last twelve months—evidence that ministry wasn’t (and isn’t) cancelled. You’ll also read about some of the plans God has put on our hearts for the new fiscal year and how your investment can make an impact as we go forward. We thank you for your continued support and for making this past fiscal year possible. God bless.

When Passion Meets Opportunity

Our passions for being a part of God’s work and for wrestling + abundant opportunities = potential for great impact.

0

High Schools with

wrestling programs

0

High Schools boys and

girls in wrestling 

0

Colleges with

wrestling programs

0

Intercollegiate men and

women in wrestling

NOTE: These numbers are representative of the United States only. FCA Wrestling’s growing presence internationally, as well as our Olympic ministry, increases these numbers exponentially. 

HIGHLIGHTS

The fiscal year of 2019-2020 included new staff and resources, new challenges, opportunities for finding new ways to do ministry, and the continued blessing of seeing how God works through your support.

New
Regional
Staff

In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, we added

4 Regional
Area Reps

New
Devotional

Teaming together with writers and publishers from Moody Bible Institute, we created our first FCA Wrestling devotional

Who Is Jesus

A Study in the Gospel of John

Social
Media

To keep the wrestling community connected during the early months of COVID, we launched weekly Facebook Live events with top coaches and wrestlers around the country. In three months, the total number who watched was

76,600 people

Virtual
Huddles
& Camps

Virtual huddles were held in 9 locations (GA, CA, MI, TN, NC, IL, PA, KY, and Ukraine) with over

400 coaches/week

Seven virtual camps were held with participants including over

850 coaches & wrestlers

Coaches
Webinars

Bi-monthly webinars—covering topics on what coaches deal with in their sport and in life—averaged

 

20-30 coaches
per month

Girls
Wrestling

An Area Rep was hired to launch the first FCAW ministry dedicated to female wrestlers at all levels. Ministry has included the

first-ever Girls FCA
Wrestling Camp (GA)

as well as building relationships, starting huddles, and more.

Fiscal-
Year-End
Match

You responded to the $40K in 40 Days challenge: If we raised $20,000 in 40 days, two of our donors would give an additional $20,000. What a blessing!

$40,000 added to our budget for the new fiscal year

FCA
Wrestling
International

Bi-monthly webinars—covering topics on what coaches deal with in their sport and in life—averaged

 

20-30 coaches
per month

Quick
Stats

In fiscal year 2019-2020, staff engaged and equipped over

4,600 coaches
( 53% in ongoing Bible studies or huddles)

34,500 wrestlers
( 75% in ongoing Bible studies or huddles)

Ministry Isn’t Cancelled

It wasn’t the typical year. Sports seasons ended abruptly for coaches and athletes. Schools and businesses closed, and even churches had to shut their doors. But one thing remains true: God is at work all the time and in every circumstance, and ministry doesn’t stop. Even in this unusual fiscal year—through the grace of God and your support—FCA Wrestling continued to see upward growth.

FCA Wrestling Staff

New staff added over the last three years

  • 1

Fiscal Year
2017-2018

  • 2

Fiscal Year
2018-2019

  • 4

Fiscal Year
2019-2020

We currently have a total of 15 FCA Wrestling Area Directors and Reps. See staff opening opportunities in the next section.

Social Media

Two-year comparison of followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Instagram

  • 660

2019

  • 2,877

2020

Facebook

  • 3,243

2019

  • 4,892

2020

Twitter

  • 4,683

2019

  • 5,127

2020

Instagram: Our average post reaches approximately 1,100 people Facebook: On average, 1,446 people see our posts daily
Twitter: 31,600 impressions are made on our account each month

WHAT’S AHEAD

We are looking forward to what the new fiscal year (September 2020–August 2021) will bring. Check out a few of our top initiatives below, some of which are already in progress.

New Staff Openings

Do you feel a calling to get involved with FCA Wrestling as a staff member? We are currently taking applications to fill four new staff positions in the Midwest Region–three positions in Illinois and one in Iowa. We would love to talk with you and help you get started. Find out more information HERE.

New Staff Openings

Do you feel a calling to get involved with FCA Wrestling as a staff member? We are currently taking applications to fill four new staff positions in the Midwest Region–three positions in Illinois and one in Iowa. We would love to talk with you and help you get started. Find out more information HERE.

New Devotional to be Released First of Next Year

After the release of our last Who Is Jesus? devotional, we initiated the process with Moody Bible Institute to continue adding more FCA Wrestling devotionals to our resources. The new devotional underway—The Gospel of Matthew: Our Surprising Savior—is scheduled to be released early 2021.

New Devotional to be Released First of Next Year

After the release of our last Who Is Jesus? devotional, we initiated the process with Moody Bible Institute to continue adding more FCA Wrestling devotionals to our resources. The new devotional underway—The Gospel of Matthew: Our Surprising Savior—is scheduled to be released early 2021.

Truth & Technique Video Series

This terrific new initiative is well underway. The goal of this video series is to create and distribute gospel-centered content to the wrestling community that pulls together both technique and the word of God in each video. Watch for the announcement on the release of these videos later in 2021.

Truth & Technique Video Series

This terrific new initiative is well underway. The goal of this video series is to create and distribute gospel-centered content to the wrestling community that pulls together both technique and the word of God in each video. Watch for the announcement on the release of these videos later in 2021.

New Website

We are excited to launch our all-new FCA Wrestling website in the very near future. You will find more information, more and new resources, and more ways to get involved with FCA Wrestling. Keep watching FCA Wrestling social media sources for the announcement of our official launch date coming soon.

New Website

We are excited to launch our all-new FCA Wrestling website in the very near future. You will find more information, more and new resources, and more ways to get involved with FCA Wrestling. Keep watching FCA Wrestling social media sources for the announcement of our official launch date coming soon.

New Name for Champions Breakfast at the Next NCAAs

Our annual Champions Breakfast—held in conjunction with the NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships—has a new name. To celebrate one of our major sponsors who plays a huge role in making this event possible each year, it will now be called The Cochlan Family Breakfast of Champions.

New Name for Champions Breakfast at the Next NCAAs

Our annual Champions Breakfast—held in conjunction with the NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships—has a new name. To celebrate one of our major sponsors who plays a huge role in making this event possible each year, it will now be called The Cochlan Family Breakfast of Champions.

International Ministry

While we continue to support and engage with our growing FCA Wrestling ministry in Ukraine, future expansion of our International Ministry includes Israel, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Korea, and the Caribbean. Plans are also in the works to produce multilingual devotionals.

International Ministry

While we continue to support and engage with our growing FCA Wrestling ministry in Ukraine, future expansion of our International Ministry includes Israel, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Korea, and the Caribbean. Plans are also in the works to produce multilingual devotionals.

Olympic Ministry

We are blessed to have a dedicated and official presence with USA Wrestling. One of our FCAW Area Reps serves as the USAW Chaplain for all of their events which includes camps, competition, training, and the Olympics. Additional FCAW staff have a chaplain focus with cadet, juniors, and women wrestling teams.

Olympic Ministry

We are blessed to have a dedicated and official presence with USA Wrestling. One of our FCAW Area Reps serves as the USAW Chaplain for all of their events which includes camps, competition, training, and the Olympics. Additional FCAW staff have a chaplain focus with cadet, juniors, and women wrestling teams.

“FCA Wrestling speaks to me from the heart. It’s a calling to influence others around us the way Christ did. It’s about giving of ourselves so God’s kingdom can grow stronger.”

Mark Manning

Head Coach, University of Nebraska

ABOUT FCA WRESTLING

Who. What. Why.

Who We Are

We are a community that supports and engages wrestling coaches and wrestlers in their sport.

What We Do

We equip wrestling coaches and wrestlers to grow stronger in their personal and spiritual lives.

Why We Do It

We want to empower wrestling coaches and wrestlers to make disciples through their example of living out Christian values.

FCA Wrestling Regional Staff

CARL PERRY

FCA Wrestling
Director

JOSE CAMPO

Area Rep
Western Region

IVAN CHERNENKO

Area Director
Ukraine

PETE DELAROSA

Area Rep
Pacific Northwest Region

MARK ELLIS

Area Director
Midwest Region

CARL PERRY

FCA Wrestling
Director

JOSE CAMPO

Area Rep
Western Region

IVAN CHERNENKO

Area Director
Ukraine

PETE DELAROSA

Area Rep
Pacific Northwest Region

MARK ELLIS

Area Director
Midwest Region

HEATH ESLINGER

Area Director
Southeast Central Region

BILL GIFFORD

Area Director
Southeast Coastal Region

LISA HANKINS

Girls’ Wrestling
Southeast Coastal Region

BRIAN HALL

Area Rep
Midwest Region

TIM HESS

Area Rep
Western Region

HEATH ESLINGER

Area Director
Southeast Central Region

BILL GIFFORD

Area Director
Southeast Coastal Region

LISA HANKINS

Girls’ Wrestling
Southeast Coastal Region

BRIAN HALL

Area Rep
Midwest Region

TIM HESS

Area Rep
Western Region

TIM LAMBERT

Area Rep
Great Lakes Region

JACOB LANDERS

Area Rep
Great Lakes Region

RUSTY PARKS

Area Rep
Southeast Central Region

BOBBY SHRINER

Area Rep
Carolinas Region

BEN SWARR

Area Rep
Mid-Atlantic Region

TIM LAMBERT

Area Rep
Great Lakes Region

JACOB LANDERS

Area Rep
Great Lakes Region

RUSTY PARKS

Area Rep
Southeast Central Region

BOBBY SHRINER

Area Rep
Carolinas Region

BEN SWARR

Area Rep
Mid-Atlantic Region

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