For the past three years, the last week of June has been designated as the week for Cross Train Sports Camp at Gibbs High School in Corryton, TN.
Each night of the week children ages K – 8 are invited to learn more about their sport and hear about the love of Jesus!
Campers are treated to excellent coaching from the top coach of each sport at the high school level for football, basketball, cheerleading, softball, baseball, soccer and volleyball. Head coaches, coaches and players from each of these sports are represented to show these younger kids drills and motivation to reach the next level.
The camp starts each night a 6:30 and ends with a huddle time in the gym where the kids hear about the theme and Bible verse for the week. Each night a speaker will share their experiences with life and Jesus – sometimes they are famous, and sometimes they just want to pour into kids.
I have been a part of the conception and leadership team for the camp each year. For me this camp is so special because of how it was birthed, who it serves, who serves in it, and because I was saved as an 18 year old boy at FCA camp in Maryville, TN. Camp is just special to me.
I love serving the kids and our community through the camp, and want to share five positive takeaways from this year’s camp.
- 21 Salvations recorded this year. This is the reason we have sports camp – to see children saved. Now did each one of these understand what they were doing – probably not. We are in the process with following up with parents, but even if they did not understand today – they are on the right track in their minds to fully understand what true repentance and salvation looks like.
- Praying with warriors. Man we have some awesome prayer warriors show up for Sports Camp, and I love to see God working in their lives. They build me up and give me encouragement.
- Loving on children. It is so good just to love on kids who will let you. All too early kids put up their shields like they don’t need anybody, but it is so good to get those who will let you love on them. Some of these kids are love starved, so loving on them in the name of Jesus is so impactful.
- Serving with friends. I grew up in this community. I know a lot of people here, and it just blesses my heart to serve our Jesus with friends outside the walls of our church.
- Strengthening our community. I don’t know of any other event that will strengthen our family like coming together, serving each other and our God. It builds the community in very deep ways that will pay dividends for years to come in ways we may never even see.