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New Fellowship of Christian Athletes group meets

| November 21, 2016

COSHOCTON – Your actions and words can impact more people than you realize.

This was a lesson learned by students who attended the first Fellowship of Christian Athletes and More meeting on Nov. 21 at River View High School.

“What you say and do effects everyone around you even if you don’t have direct contact with them,” said Rachel Allen a student at RVHS.

She is part of the leadership team of students and adults that organized the group and the game that taught the students this lesson.

“We are all about building relationships with ourselves (the leadership team), you guys and your teams,” Allen said. “We want to see our teams succeed and build good relationships with each other.”

Isaiah Cameron said they also want to connect sports with Jesus.

About 50 students attend the meeting where they also were introduced to the adult advisors Nick Johnson, Joel Mason and John Strasser.

When it was his turn to address the students, Johnson stressed the importance of building relationships.

“We want every single person in the school to feel welcome,” he said. “We are a family. We need to connect with each other and support each other.”

Johnson explained that they will develop their leadership skills using Biblical principles and work on ways they can serve the community.

“Jesus taught that life is not about us,” he said. “It’s about serving.”

The group’s first service project is a sports equipment drive. From now until Monday, Dec. 5 the group will collect new or gently-used baseballs, baseball gloves, baseball bats, pinnies, footballs, volleyballs, basketballs and soccer balls to donate to a sports mission.

“We also are going to look for ways to serve around our own community and are being very intentional about this,” Johnson said.

The students will bring their donations to the high school’s main office and Strasser said anyone in the community interested in contributing is welcome to call him at 740-622-5541

“Our goal is to have two truck beds full of donations,” Johnson said.

All students are welcome to be part of the group and Strasser encouraged those at the Nov. 21 meeting to invite a friend.

“If we all invite one more person we could have a hundred in here,” he said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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