NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Most of us imagine that our days at summer camps are long over after we transition into our college lives and beyond.
Belmont University Softball rising sophomore Georgia McKee (Frisco, Texas) was able to marry her love of an organization that had a profound effect on her personally while completing a summer internship with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Nashville office.
The catcher spent time as a huddle leader at several camps for high schoolers this summer, leading activities and assisting with worship services all with the end goal of helping to bring young people closer to Jesus Christ.
BelmontBruins.com: Tell us about your relationship with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and how it began
McKee: I started going to FCA in middle school and then got really involved with the leadership team in high school where I began to understand what it meant to use my platform as a student-athlete for the Kingdom of God. I fell in love with the mission and vision of the organization and quickly became passionate about getting other athletes and students plugged into this godly community. So, when the opportunity to be an intern for FCA Nashville arose in the spring, I couldn't turn down the opportunity.
What did you do with FCA this summer?
I worked in the office and learned a lot of what happens behind the scenes in ministry - something many people don't think about. I spent time working on my spiritual development while being poured into by incredible staff and board members. A big part of the internship was being a "huddle leader" at several camps throughout the summer and those changed my life.
Describe a typical day for the camp.
The first two days of camp, before the campers arrive, the huddle leaders go through training and spend a lot of time praying over every student and the camp as a whole. But, once the campers arrive, we have a packed day of worship, games, breakout sessions, chants, skits and huddle times. If it was a Team Camp, then our schools would compete all day before worship; whereas at Outdoors Camp, our campers would do outdoor sports (rifle shooting, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing) all day before worship.
What was your favorite memory?
At girls basketball team camp when I shared my testimony for the first time, several girls came up to me afterwards and gave their life to Christ. Getting to pray over someone in that moment is just so humbling and exciting.
What was the thing that surprised you the most about the experience?
The friendships and relationships that I made for sure. I had figured I would make some friends since I would be around godly student-athletes all summer, but not to the extent that I was blessed with.
What was your favorite camp activity?
I love skits because we (the huddle leaders) are able to convey a powerful message in a fun and visual way.
Would you recommend other Belmont student-athletes (or students) participate with FCA?
YES! FCA is not just for student-athletes! It is such a great and safe place for students to make friendships and to grow in their faith. I have never been a part of a ministry that is so genuine and prayer-filled. FCA is not just a social gathering but a place of worship where you can be transparent.
How will you use your experience to impact the Belmont FCA?
I want to get more Belmont students involved in mentoring and helping out with the high school and middle schools around Nashville. Throughout my internship this summer, we have been working on a vision where college students get plugged into FCAs at local schools and I think that Belmont FCA has a lot of students that would be great at it.