Local church hosts athletic events

Andrew Rice, 17, of Gallipolis, grinds across the surface of a ramp in Haskins Park. Both young men said they were looking forward to skateboarding competitions utilizing the skate park as they skated Tuesday. Rice stated that he had been skateboarding since he was 10 years old.

Lonnie Sanders, 20, of Gallipolis, rides through the air as he prepares for the coming skateboard competition in Haskins Park on June 13. Sanders stated he had been skateboarding since he was 6 years old.

GALLIPOLIS — River City Fellowship Church is planning on hosting a pair of athletic events with the cooperation of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, one of which is a football camp with the aid of Gallia Academy football staff.

A skateboard competition will be June 13 at the skate park in Haskins Park. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the competition will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An open skate period will be for all children under the age of 8. Prizes and food are intended to be had. Competitors of all ages are welcome. Children under the age of 18 need parental permission and all participants must sign a liability waiver. Expert and intermediate divisions will be offered.

The RCF, FCA and the Gallia Academy football staff also intend on hosting a free football camp and clinic for boys and girls in first to eighth grade. The first 100 preregistered campers will receive a free T-shirt. Registration for the camp begins at 8 a.m. and the camp’s duration will last from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The camp will be June 20.

“We feel like there’s a big need in our community to reach it and make an impact. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes used to be really involved in Gallia County. They have a new guy representing the area and they are wanting to get back into the schools and support students and teachers,” said Robbie Jacks, Minister of Youth at River City Fellowship Church. “So, we asked ourselves, ‘What can we do?’ We decided to have a free football camp to encourage people of all backgrounds to come. We anticipate a few speakers from the Marshall University football team to appear at the football camp.”

Jacks said Josh Rife, Gallia Academy football coach, will be working with kids and helping them refine their sporting skills.

The skateboard competition will consist of three judges who will determine winners.

Andy Connor, Huntington Tri-State FCA representative, confirmed the FCA is sponsoring the events. He added that the local FCA chapter were involved in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. He said his organization has provided Bibles and shirts to young athletes as well as helped fund events in all three states.

Founded in 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Mo. FCA’s mission is to reach coaches and athletes and help teams on their way to receiving Christ as well as promoting sportsmanship among participants. FCA has four concentrated ministries: coaches, campus, camps and community.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.