By Katie Quill
Today, we had the opportunity to watch Levi speak to high school students from various FCA huddles in the HOT region. As I drove up to the Ferrell Center with my camera in hand, I was stunned to see a few hundred students crowded around the perimeter. Courtney and I bypassed the line and made our way toward section 103, where Levi was waiting for us and making final preparations for his speech. I expressed my pleasant surprise at the size of the crowd, which probably helped his nerves a whole bunch, and them came up with a game plan for our meeting with Ben Johnson (HOT FCA Director) after the rally.
As we followed Levi inside with cameras ready, (we’re basically his personal entourage/paparazzi now) we were met by the gazes of several hundred students, all sitting patiently in the stands and sporting bright shirts from their respective schools. I was amazed by how many students are involved at these small high school huddles and inspired by the way these students connect and identify with older college students who are striving daily to place Chris as their center in the sports arena. It was powerful to see the way this ministry is being used and also reinforced the importance of our work in the coming weeks.
After the two speeches, Ben prayed over the students and released them to go wait for the volleyball game. We got to meet with him and express a little bit of our vision for the next two weeks. Although FCA has the potential to grow in several different directions, we have all agreed that our focus will remain on the following:
1. Social media. Baylor FCA has a twitter account, but the HOT region does not. Twitter can be used to connect various huddles around the region with one another and will improve communication about and awareness of FCA events region-wide. We also need to merge the FCA South and FCA North Facebook page. We are looking to improve HOT FCA’s weak use of social media by merging their Facebook pages to create a unified and cohesive site for students to check for updates and news about things going on in their area. This will also provide interactivity and fellowship between students in different huddles. Ultimately, we hope that FCA will see higher numbers of students in attendance if we can connect with them on social media.
3. Connect the Baylor FCA huddle with surrounding high school huddles. We plan to utilize Levi’s position in FCA to recruit Baylor athletes to speak at and attend nearby huddles that are held during the week. These huddles will provide feature story material for us and will improve relations between the Baylor huddle and younger student-athletes. By bringing in Baylor athletes, we hope to see higher numbers of students at individual high school and middle school huddles. s
4. Increase funds/branding for the FCA Victory Bowl, which will be held in June. Lots of participants and local athletes are familiar with the event, but fail to connect FCA with it. We will begin this process of branding by finding sources of funding and by increasing their exposure through traditional media like the Waco Tribune. This will be measured by media exposure and by the amount of funds that go into putting on the event. We will also create flyers to be posted around town/posted on their soon to be GREAT platforms of social media. These will be used as the event gets closer in the Spring.
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