The AIA tennis tour team had an absolute blast joining in with the FCA All-Sport Camp held on the campus of UCLA for the afternoon of July 3rd. Upon arriving on campus, we immediately sensed the energy and excitement of the camp... we could hardly wait to jump in!
The AIA team made our way to the tennis facility to meet the group of 50 campers and 10 coaches participating in the tennis camp for the week and also received a tour of UCLA's tennis facility.
The afternoon training session ran from 2:15- 5pm. During this time, the AIA team had the opportunity to meet, encourage, and play with the tennis campers, share testimonies, and compete in the sprint relay races. Following practice, we made our way to one of UCLA's dining halls for dinner and got cleaned up for the evening. Next, we had the privilege of attending the nightly all-camp chapel service held in the Pauley Pavilion. The service was by far my favorite part of the visit.
The total athlete camp was comprised of roughly 700 high school students and the night really had amazing energy. We danced in our seats with the students to Trip Lee and Lecrae, were led in worship by a talented band, listened to a strong Christ exalting testimony by Carrie Prejean Boller (former Miss California), and heard a clear and bold gospel message taught from the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. In the invitation following the message, around 200 students were moved to make a profession or re-dedication of their faith. Christ was made so beautiful through the service. Simply amazing to see the Lord exalted and at work!
"I really enjoyed meeting and getting to talk with the campers during practice and dinner. One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to play with the coaching staff, including the current USC players..." -Genny Francis (W&L)
“I was very excited to see Athletes in Action Tennis participate with The Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Total Athlete Camp”. Our tennis team jumped right in feeding balls and playing points. The AIA Team members Rebecca Harris and Natalie Hill shared from their heart and the Gospel with a group of 45+ young students. Huge thank-you to FCA Southern California for welcoming us and making this day a memorable one.” -Rich Benson (Tour Director)
Huge thank-you again for an amazing day!
The AIA team at UCLA's center court!
Above are some tennis camper's sporting their new Athletes in Action/ FCA T-shirts during camp!