Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 FCA Outdoors - Hank Parker Invitational

Hank Parker is glad to headline the FCA Outdoors event
2015 marks the 4th Annual Hank Parker Invitational administered by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or FCA. The pheasant tower shoot and sporting clays tournament is held at Meadow Wood in Monroe, North Carolina. I had recently seen Hank Parker at the Bassmaster Classic weigh-in and he was already getting fired up about sharing his message of christianity with the attendees at the FCA event. Cold weather gripped the morning of Friday March 6 in what has become a familiar script.
S.C. FCA Outdoors at Meadow Wood USA

Phil Ford, Bob Bolin, Ryan Succup and FCA's Alan Welch
The bass fishing legend isn't the only celebrity to attend and the event starts with a special VIP night on Thursday for sponsors. A whole hog barbecue supper was served and after dinner a three-person panel of stand out athletes witnessed to the crowd about how religion helped guide their paths. First up was UNC basketball star Phil Ford who drove down from Tobacco Road in order to share how the recent passing of Coach Dean Smith further galvanized his faith. The former major leaguer Bob Bolin told his stories of faith back when he was playing for pennants and praying for slugging percentage, and his gregarious conversation proves that he is still up to bat for God. Current NFl player Ryan Succup brought a close to the discussion talking about changes from USC to Kansas City and now on to the Tennessee Titans. Organizer Alan Welch finished up with a prayer for some of the celebrities that were unable to attend due to illness, and we all hope they will return for the 2016 FCA shoot.

FCA's John Claterbos and Bliss Steele
To view past blog entries from the FCA Outdoors Hank Parker Invitational click 2015 Tower Shoot2014 Shooting Sports - 2014 - 2013 - 2013 Photos - 2012 - 2012 Photos

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