The official chartering date of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was November 10, 1954. On that day, in Norman, Okla., the organization’s first set of bylaws were approved and the State of Oklahoma issued a charter to an organization named Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“The bylaws came about through a man named O.C. Glenn, the business manager at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, a church in Oklahoma City,” Don McClanen recollects. “O.C. knew how to set up the bylaws. We knew we needed a Board of Directors and that we needed tax-free status as an organization. At that time, Norman was the citadel of sports and the University of Oklahoma had just become national champions in football. So that was why the bylaws and chartering process took place in Norman.”
– From the book, Impact for Christ: How FCA Has Influence the Sports World, by Wayne Atcheson.