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Miss South Carolina 2012 to speak at FCA rally

Posted: February 14, 2014 6:26 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Lugoff-Elgin High School’s (L-EHS) Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will host its second FCA rally Monday, March 3 in the L-EHS auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Miss South Carolina 2012 Ali Rogers and University of South Carolina Football Chaplain Adrian Despres will speak at the event. The praise band Fuse of Friendship Baptist will perform at the rally.

“The reason we do the rally is to get as many people in the community to come as possible -- to let people know about FCA and the gospel,” L-EHS junior and FCA officer Claire Yount explained.

Founded 60 years ago, FCA is a Christian sports ministry. Its ministries on high school campuses are led by student athletes.

“It’s the largest national Christian sports ministry. FCA is student-led and uses sports to encourage students to live like Christians,” FCA advisor Susan Morris said.

Despres and Indianapolis Colts football player, Thomas Austin, a Camden High School graduate, spoke at the 2013 rally. This year, rally attendees will hear testimony from Rogers, who was the first runner up for Miss America 2013.

“We are really excited about having her,” Claire said of Rogers, “Last year, a lot of the guys came to hear Adrian Despres so we are hoping to get support from more girls because of Ali.”

FCA officer Victoria Miles also noted that Despres and Rogers represent a well known South Carolina football rivalry.

“It’s kind of cool because Adrian is from USC and Rogers is from Clemson,” Victoria said.

Victoria hopes the number of people who attend the rally doubles this year.

“Last year we had about 500 people attend, ” she said. “We are inviting the whole community. We’ve been talking to the middle and high schools and churches, everybody is invited.”

Looking back at last year’s rally, Claire noted that they had higher attendance than expected with students from North Central and Camden High School.

“We were expecting 100 people last year and we had about 500. It was a huge turn out,” Claire said.

The students want people to know that they do not have to be an athlete to attend the event.

“A lot of the things we talk about are related to athletics but its open to anyone who wants to come,” Victoria said.

Support from the community has been an important part of organizing the rally.

“Last year was a huge success and hopefully this year will be too. I think that the support of the community helps a lot. We’ve had donations that are helping us promote this rally. It’s our big focus of the year and hopefully it will be our biggest event,” Victoria said.

Claire hopes that the community takes away something from the event.

“The most important thing I want people to take away is that our goal for FCA is to reach out to the community and to build strong Christian teens to stand up for their faith. We want them to know that they are not alone and that we can do this together,” Claire said.

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