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2016 SWLA Fields of Faith

During the month of October 12 schools in Southwest Louisiana hosted a Fields of Faith on their football field or in their gymnasium.  Fields of Faith, which began in 2004, is an student lead community event.  Students invite, pray for,  share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Christ.  The challenge comes from 2 Chronicles 34 where King Josiah, an influential teenage King, gathered his people and challenged them to read God's. As a result, they change their culture.  

Schools that held a Fields of Faith on their football field or in their gym were:  A M Barbe, DeQuincy, DeRidder, East Beauregard,  Iowa, Jennings, Kaplan, LaGrange, Sam Houston, South Beauregard, Sulphur, and Washington Marion.  Over 3,100 people from each of these communities attended their local Fields of Faith. Below are pictures from the Fields of Faith that sent in pictures of their event.


On August 28, 2016 SWLA FCA hosted its annual Night of Champions event in Burton Coliseum.  1,100+  athletes and coaches from 26 SWLA schools attended the event. Shanna Zolman, the former HS Miss Indiana Basketball, who played 4 years at Tennessee under the legendary coach Pat Summitt, and spent 6 years in the WNBA inspired the coaches and athletes to compete for Christ on the their field, court, or course of competition.  Shanna is currently on staff with FCA in Seattle, WA as Minister to Women athletes at the collegiate and pro level.

The below email from Coach Stark, Opelousas High School, who attended the event, puts the evening in perspective:

“Just wanted to send a quick Thank-You to you and your team for putting on the Night of Champions event last night. Everything was well-done--the band was excellent, the student testimonies were encouraging, Shanna had an incredible message about God's grace, and it was well worth the trip. My students came away with a renewed thirst to learn more about Christ and excited about the potential for FCA at Opelousas High. I had several who went forward to commit themselves to live for something higher than themselves and give their lives to the God whose love for them is greater than we could ever imagine. The program ministered to my heart as well. Just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to take part. It was an awesome way to kick-off the year.”

SWLA FCA wants to THANK the coaches who brought their athletes, the sponsors who make the event possible, and the SWLA FCA Adult Advisory board for making the Night of Champions a success!

2016 Coaches Time Out Event

The 2016 Louisiana Coaches Time Out event (Co-Sponsored by Louisiana FCA and Professional Athlete Outreach)  was held June 24-26 at Cypress Bend Resort on Toledo Bend.  Over 65 Coaches and spouses attended this years event with 20 coming from Southwest Louisiana.  The sole purpose of this event is to give coaches and their spouse a needed "time out" before "next season" begins.  

During the weekend the coaches and spouses heard from:

  • Jeremiah Williams, Head Basketball Coach Bossier High School (2016 Boys State Champions) on "Coaching the Heart behind the Jersey", 

  • Relationship Coaches Jena and Dale Forehand on "Created for Connection.

  • Financial Adviser Breaux Nadar on the "Steps to Financial Peace"'

  • Louisiana FCA Staff on God's desire to be our "ONE COACH" for life. 

  • Event Worship Leader, Tyson Cunningham from Mississippi FCA.

The comment heard repeatedly from SWLA couples was, "this was just what we needed, a perfect Time Out for us to refocus on our relationship, our family, and our calling as a coaching couple.  We cannot wait to bring a couple back with us next year".  Below are pictures from this years event.

Louisiana High School Rodeo Daily Competition Chapel

During the Louisiana State Rodeo Competitions (May 31- June 4) SWLA FCA was honored to host a Chapel for competitors each afternoon prior to the evening competition.  The theme for the Chapel Devotions this year was "Don't Take for Granted" the talents, blessings, and opportunities the Lord sends our way during the course of our daily lives.  The caution was that when we begin to take for granted any area of our lives we open ourselves to complacency and compromise which ultimately leads to failure whether it is spiritually, athletically, academically, or in our relationships.

The overall theme verse for the week was 1 Peter 1:13 in which the competitors were encouraged to overcome complacency and compromise in life through preparing their minds for action, begin self discipline,  and to set their hope on Jesus Christ ... to compete for something greater than themselves.

The specific areas of caution were to Not Take For Granted the...

  • Trials of life James 1:2
  • Tiny Things it takes to be successful / Luke 16:10
  • Textbook God has given us to live life by / 2 Timothy 3:16,17
  • Time to CompeteMatthew 6:33....The Game is Tremendously Fun and Teaches Great Life Lessons, but makes a Terrible God....

SWLA FCA is grateful for the opportunity that LHSRA allows us to share Biblical Lessons that apply competitively and also to Carmen Denison for having the Daily Chapel added to the schedule.

LHSRA Chapel 2016

LHSAA Softball and Baseball State Championship Weekends

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association gives the Fellowship of Christian Athletes the opportunity to pray before each State Championship game throughout the year during the State Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Volleyball Championship weekends.

On the weekends of April 29, 30 and May 14,15 SWLA FCA was honored to pray before the Louisiana State Softball and Baseball games at the respective complex's in Sulphur, LA.  

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2016 SWLA FCA Golf Event

The Southwest Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2016 Golf Event was held on Friday afternoon May 6 at the Lake Charles Country Club.

FCA is THANKFUL and GRATEFUL that we were blessed with such a beautiful day for a golf event, as well as, express our sincere appreciation to each of the event sponsors (see photo), the 52 Hole Sponsors, the 30 teams (24 Men/6 Women) that played on Friday, and to the Lake Charles Country Club for doing such a fantastic job hosting the event.  

The purpose of the FCA Golf Event is to raise funds for the local FCA Ministry to SWLA Coaches and Athletes.  This years event was a success and allows us to send 30 athletes to the 2016 FCA Sports Camp, 25 McNeese athletes to the Louisiana College Athlete Retreat, as well as provide FCA God's Game Plan Bibles to the leaders in the FCA Huddles in SWLA.

The winning teams in the Men's Division were:


Ken Oakley, Ross Beasley, Ken Broussard, and Mike DeFalcon / score of 56


Dr. Craig Broussard, Butch Fredicks, Jamie Yelverton, and Roger Faulk / score of 57


Logan Williams, Daniel Wainwright, Brian Benoit, and Nick Darbonne/ score of 58

The winning teams in the Women's Division were:


Becky Meaux, Sharon Berken, Bobbie Arnold, and Pam Fossett / score of 63


Alexis Trahan, Darleen Wallace, Olga Watts, and Sheila Sanders / score of 64


Chris Bourgeois, Theresa Williams, Diana Slocum, and Dianne Schexnider / score of 67

2016 SWLA FCA / Profit & Loss Kyle Broussard Memorial Scholarship Winners

On Thursday May 5 at the National Day of Prayer event hosted by Profit and Loss, Southwest Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes along with Profit and Loss, recognized the 4 annual recipients of the Kyle Broussard Memorial FCA Scholarship.  

The winners of this years FCA / Profit and Loss Kyle Broussard Memorial Scholarship are:

 Madison Dykes, DeQuincy High School

Lexus Simmons, Barbe High School

Carson Campbell, East Beauregard High School

Ethan Daniel, Hamilton Christian Academy

Each of the recipients will receive $1,000 payable in their freshmen year of college

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2016 Coaches/Spouse Appreciation Crawfish Boil

The 2016 Coaches/Spouse Appreciation Crawfish Boil was held Saturday April 30th at Sale Street Baptist Church.  Even though the rain in the morning may have dampened the attendance we still boiled and served 400 lbs of Crawfish.  SWLA FCA holds this annual event to express our appreciation to coaches and their spouse for the impact and influence they have on your young people as well as the time they sacrifice from their own families.

In addtion, SWLA FCA would like to say a special THANK YOU to Sale Street Baptist Church for hosting the event inside and provided the day care so that our coaching couples could enjoy some time with other adults!


The 2016 FCA Day of Champions was held on Saturday February 20 prior to the McNeese Men's and Women's Basketball games against Lamar.

Tristan Baggett, a junior Soccer player at Sulphur High School, served as the Master of Ceremony's. The 275 coaches and athletes in attendance heard from McNeese Football Coach Lance Guidry. Julius Johnson, football and track athlete at Kaplan High School,  shared his story about how God has used attending the Louisiana Sports camp to change his life as competitor as well as his walk with Christ, and  Eunice Mayo, former MSU Women's basketball player brought the message for the day on being a Champion in Life.

SWLA FCA would like to THANK YOU toChad Pousson and Ronnie Breaux for providing the jambalaya for the event.

Athletes from the following schools attended the Day of Champions: Bell City, Crowley, East Beauregard, Gueydan, Hathaway, Kaplan, LaGrange, Merryville, Pickering, Singer, South Beauregard, Starks, and Sulphur.

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2016 Louisiana College Athlete Retreat

The 2016 Louisiana College Athlete Retreat took place the last weekend in January at Camp Bethany outside of Shreveport, LA.  Over 300 athletes from each University in Louisiana attended the event with 31 from McNeese attending.  The feature speaker for the event was Luke McCown who challenged the athletes to be an athlete the Lord can use during competition. 



DATE: Monday September 12

TIME:  6:00 - 7:30                                                                                                                                     PLACE: Glad Tidings Church (details will be sent with RSVP confirmation)                                                                                                                                                                                              DINNER will be served so PLEASE RSVP the number attending by Wednesday September 7 to

WHO is it for... 4-6 of your FCA leaders.                                                                                                  

WHAT will be covered... All available resources to help your FCA leaders lead your huddle, types of huddle meetings based on the time frame huddles are held, brainstorming ideas to help your meeting time be more effective and student lead.

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Southwest Louisiana FCA
P.O. Box 6025
Lake Charles, LA 70606
Phone: 337-480-4048

Steve Sanford
Area Director

Denise Sanford
Administrative Assistant