HPU students serve in leadership roles with FCA

BROWNWOOD – August 14, 2012 – Two Howard Payne University students recently attended a summer camp sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Taylor Castleberry, a senior business administration major from Paradise, and Corbin Young, a 2010 graduate and current student in the youth ministry master’s program from Brownwood, attended the FCA Sports Camp 2012 held at Texas A&M University.

young_and_castleberry_for_webYoung is the Brownwood-area representative for the FCA and has an office located on the HPU campus. He serves 31 secondary schools in addition to his role at HPU.

More than 1,000 people attended the sports camp at Texas A&M, making it the largest FCA camp in the country this year. Athletes competed and trained in their selected sports of football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball and cross-country and were instructed by some of the best high school coaches across the state. According to Young, however, it was much more than just a sports camp.

“Athletes grew stronger in their sport and, even more importantly, in their faith and relationship with our Father in Heaven,” he said. “Hundreds of students were introduced to the love of Jesus and received Christ for the first time, while others repented and re-committed their lives to God.”

Castleberry served as a small-group huddle leader.

“While practices and training were a success, God used our time on the field and free time together to open the door for me to share the love of Christ with the students all week,” he said. “These kids came from every walk of life, but we were all brothers. Getting to serve them strengthened my faith and love for Christ. I went to bless those kids, but was blessed tenfold in return. I thank God for that week and for the power of FCA.”

For more information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, visit www.fca.org. Young also blogs about the Brownwood-area FCA at www.brownwoodfca.blogspot.com.

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Photo cutline: Corbin Young, left, and Taylor Castleberry are back on the HPU campus after attending the FCA Sports Camp 2012 at Texas A&M University.