Following the Manawa vs. Iola-Scandinavia football game on Friday, Sept. 28, both teams gathered near the center of the field and bowed their heads for a moment of prayer.
“We decided that it was important to give thanks and let everyone know how blessed they are,” said Manawa quarterback Donny Sell.
Teammate Garret Griffin could not agree more.
“My former wrestling coach, Mitch Patri, introduced me to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes by taking me to an FCA Leadership Camp at Edgewood College in Madison,” said Griffin. “At that camp I met some great people and I really got a new outlook on how I live my life. I went back to FCA camp again this year and after this year I made it my top priority to spread FCA in my area. It’s been Coach Patri’s dream to see this get started and I’m glad I could be a part of it.”
“We have only had a few players from other teams join us in the past,” said Sell. “Iola-Scandinavia was the first whole team to pray with us. We all have different things that we are dealing with. This gives people the opportunity to talk if they need to.”
“I hope that by just praying with Iola, the other people are inspired to spread faith throughout their communities,” adds Griffin. “FCA is a non denominational Christian organization which is based around, but not limited to athletes. Schools nationwide participate in FCA and I think it’s time for our area to get involved. If anyone has any questions about it they can contact me and I would love to talk to them about it.”