• "For some time, I have had the idea of forming an organization of athletes and coaches in this hero-worshiping nation of ours. If athletes can endorse shaving cream, razor blades and cigarettes, surely they can endorse the Lord, too. So my idea is to form an organization that would project you as Christian men before the youth and athletes of our nation."

    Don McClanen

    Don McClanen invitation letter quote

    In a letter to 19 athletes, Don McClanen laid out his desire to form an organization that would eventually become the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The letters…

  • The name 'Fellowship of Christian Athletes' just came naturally. This was a Christian movement totally. We would not be ashamed of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. So we decided on 'Fellowship of Christian Athletes.' At last, this idea and dream had a name."

    FCA founder Don McClanen

    The Dream Gets a Name

    FCA founder Don McClanen shares how FCA’s official name was decided upon. “One of the first names considered was Athletes for Christ. This was so close…

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    Founding Fathers

    Four of the founding fathers of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. From left to right: Dr. Louis R. Evans, Dr. Roe Johnston, Don McClanen and Branch…

  • Hero Worship Harnessed

    Sports Illustrated featured the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in its Feb. 6, 1956 issue. Less than 15 months after its founding, FCA hit the pages of…