|FCA Boosters to kick off homecoming week|
|October 01, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
The community is invited to help kick off Gering’s Homecoming Week with an autumn evening gathering and fundraiser for the newly formed Gering Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Booster Club.
The inaugural Go and Glow event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fresh Foods parking lot on 10th Street in Gering.
Club members will be serving a meal of hotdogs or hamburgers, chips and a drink for $5. Glow sticks will be given out and face painting will be available by the GHS cheerleaders. Dance and music talent by student groups and local musicians will be featured.
Christian athlete John Seiler Jr. will be keynote speaker. To top off the fun, young and old are invited to try their hand in an old fashioned car smash.
“The event is to introduce people to FCA and what we’re here for,” said Bekah Gorsuch, president of the Gering FCA Booster Club. “We also want to raise some money to help get some kids to camp events. Most of those camps are in eastern Nebraska, so we help with transportation and sponsor kids who otherwise couldn’t afford to go.”
Gorsuch added the goal of the FCA Booster Club is to provide support to the Gering FCA program as it encourages coaches and student athletes to “do sports God’s way.” The event’s name, “Go and Glow” was chosen as a way to promote positive sportsmanship throughout the community and encourage everyone to “shine their light.”
FCA chapters are called “huddles,” and Mike Thompson is the sponsor at Gering High School. “Some of our members will talk about what FCA has meant to them and share how they benefitted from attending FCA camps,” Thompson said. “Those camps can really help kids in becoming better in their sport.”
“Awesome” is how Thompson described the FCA Booster Club. “With school activities and everything else going on, it’s a challenge to get the kids to some of the events back east,” he said. “The Booster Club is a big help with that because the travel logistics are hard to work out.”
Club members work to help host local FCA events, raise funds for FCA camp scholarships, and be positive influences and provide moral support for Gering’s coaches, student athletes, and huddle leaders.
“Booster Club members also come to our huddle meetings once a month and provide lunch,” Thompson said. “They just let the kids know they care about them.”
Gering FCA hasn’t had an official Booster Club until this school year, but members are already making the group known. For the past two years, they’ve hosted a coaches’ appreciation lunch prior to the start of school. A speaker shares about coaching and the challenges coaches face.
“The main thrust is that they understand there are pressures involved in coaching,” Thompson said. “They want to be a positive support group in any way they can, both physically and spiritually.”
The Gering FCA Booster Club is open to new members from throughout the community. Meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month in Gering. For more information, contact Gorsuch at 308-631-5164 or go to the Gering FCA Booster Club Facebook page for more information.