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Dinner Highlights!

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Dinner Highlights!

Here's a quick look at our annual Sharing The Victory - Coaches Appreciation Dinner which was held this past Sunday night at the Irving Convention Center.

First of all, we want to thank our sponsors, coaches, volunteers and everyone helped to make this such a special evening!  

Ernie Johnson, Jr. shared inspiring words with the crowd of over 650 after receiving the Tom Landry Excellence of Character Award. Though he is a highly acclaimed sports broadcaster and host of TNT's Inside the NBA, Ernie's faith was front and center as he credited God with helping him through the challenges he's faced with his cancer battle as well as the adoption of several children, including a special needs son.
VIew Acceptance Speech

We were also blessed to honor several local coaches and volunteers. 

Congratulations to all our award recipients! 

The following were recognized for their achievements and service to FCA:

Linda Gibson - Female Huddle Coach of the Year
Currently in her 26th year with Lewisville ISD, Coach Linda Gibson has served as a huddle coach at Hedrick and Forestwood Middle Schools and now at McKamy Junior High, where she has taught for the past nine years. Prior to this, she taught PE and coached in Brownwood, Texas. She started and led the FCA huddle as a student at the University of Iowa before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, running and any outdoor activities and sports. “My parents were big supporters of FCA while growing up and the experience that I had as a student in high school and then into college helped to shape my love of FCA. Camps and huddle leaders were a positive influence for me and I, in return, want to share that with my students/athletes.”

Regis Andrez - Male Huddle Coach of the Year
Coach Andrez was introduced to FCA in High School. While in High School he attended FCA camp at Estes Park. At that camp is where he fell in love with the mission and ministry of FCA. While in college at Abilene Christian University he was active with the FCA ministry on campus all four years. There he was exposed to a foundation of service through FCA with student athletes using their athletic abilities to share the gospel. When Coach Andrez started teaching and coaching he made it an effort to be a huddle leader at his school. While at Fort Worth Arlington Heights this past school year he saw the Lord working. The huddle grew from twenty kids to one hundred and twenty five active student athletes. Local youth ministers would bring pizza for his students and they would help lead the fellowship. At that point they would invite them to youth activities at their churches. Coach Andrez pushed FCA camp this past year. Raising money and promoting the camp, he took thirty-four students to Leadership camp at DBU where 4 students accepted the Lord for the first time and one student was baptized soon after. Coach Andrez is married to his loving wife, Melissa who is expecting their 5th child. His other children are Kaylee 11, Chole 8, Kennedy 3 and RJ 2.

Josie Camacho - Alicia Landry Coach's Wife Impact Award

Josie’s highest passion and purpose is to be a servant for Jesus Christ; therefore, she works tirelessly to positively impact the lives of those around her. She has worked in the special education field for more than 15 years. Josie spends many of her summer hours serving in various FCA roles; such as a facilitator at leadership camps, sports camps, marriage and family camps, as well as, participating in FCA discussion panels and meetings. In addition, she has served FCA ministries on campuses all over Texas from San Antonio, Abilene, Rio Grande Valley and DFW. Her most recent focus has been the coach’s wives’ ministry. Josie is honored to be called a “coach’s wife,” as she has been married to her favorite coach, Bo Camacho, for ten years. Because they believe in building lasting relationships, Josie and Bo have made a commitment to open their home to athletes and FCA students on a regular basis. Each month, a great highlight for Josie is going to serve the homeless alongside Bo and the Poteet Football Team. Josie is a mom to four beautiful children: Alexandria, Felix, Marlo and Zack.

Dave Crittenden - Neal Jeffrey Award
Dave accepted Christ at the age of eleven; made a decision to serve the Lord as a high school senior; and went on to pursue a degree in Religious Education at Southern Nazarene University, and has served as youth minister with two congregations. Following a 33-year career with the Grand Prairie ISD, Dave remains involved in education serving as a substitute instructor at the Dubiski Career and Technology High School. Dave and his wife DeJuana attend First United Methodist Church of Grand Prairie where he is a certified lay speaker/leader for the Metro-District of the United Methodist Church, regular Sunday School teacher, Bible study leader, and president of the Methodist men's group at his church which provides scholarships for children and youth to summer camps and mission trips. His involvement in Fellowship of Christian Athletes through the summer leadership camp at DBU and the Weekend of Champions has given him the opportunity to serve and support the ministry to and through athletes and coaches in the DFW area. A 46-year marriage to his college sweetheart, three wonderful children and seven outstanding grandchildren, have given him uncountable blessings, inspirations, and vignettes for the story of God's grace and mercy.


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