FCA's History

-1954 FCA incorporated by its founder, Don McClanen. Paul Benedum, Branch Rickey and other Pittsburgh businessmen underwrote the first year's budget. Charter members included Otto Graham, Carl Erskine, Donn Moomaw and Rickey.

-1956 First National Camp at Estes Park, Colorado with 256 athletes and coaches attending. FCA moves its national headquarters from Norman, Oklahoma to Kansas City, Missouri.

-1959 The Christian Athlete magazine was first published. 1960 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, joins Estes Park as the second FCA Camp site.

-1964 Adult Chapter program begun. First National Camp at Black Mountain, North Carolina.

-1966 Huddle program established.

-1967 FCA holds eight National Camps with 4,700 participants.

-1968 National Coaches Conferences initiated.

-1969 FCA holds a record 16 National Camps with more than 7,000 attendees. FCA huddles exceed 1,000.

-1972 Huddles exceed 1,500. Adult Chapters grow to 200. Full time-staffers increase to 23.

-1974 National Conference Center (NCC) opened near Marshall, Indiana. Women's Ministry established.

-1977 National Golf Ministry launched. Huddles increase to 2,000. 1978 FCA staff grows to more than 100. FCA holds 32 National Camps.

-1979 National Headquarters Building and Chapel dedicated. 1982 Sharing the VICTORY magazine published, replacing The Christian Athlete. 1985 4,400 official Huddles and 220 FCA employees in 34 states.

-1987 National Summer Camps held at 34 sites; 4,300 coaches and spouses at 17 National Coaches meetings.

-1989 Four-court indoor gym dedicated at NCC. CHAD principle introduced. Some 40,000 athletes/coaches/adults official FCA members; 275 FCA staff in 42 states; 100,000 student athletes meeting in Huddles during school year.

-1991 FCA produces a booklet dealing with drug abuse and introduces the "One Way 2 Play Drug Free" program and charter.

-1993 Camp attendance exceeds 10,000. Huddles top 5,000 for the first time in history.

-1994 320 staff members, an all time high nationally. FCA's 40th Anniversary.

-1995 13,048 attend FCA National Camps. We become established on the World Wide Web at www.fca.org.

-1996 One Way to Play-Drug FREE! video is released. FCA celebrates 40 years of Camps at Estes Park, Colorado.

-1997 FCA presents its mission internationally with the 'Global Initiative'. Huddles grow to 6,598.

-1998 The Home Office announces the plan to more than double the size of the existing building. Over 10,000 golfers take part in the FCA National Golf Scramble.

-1999 FCA receives 100,000 One Way 2 Play! commitments.

-2000 Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney comes to FCA World Headquarters to endorse FCA and One Way 2 Play! program.

-Groundbreaking on World Headquarters building expansion.

-2002 Dedication of 59,000-square foot World Headquarters.  FCA introduces ā€œ4 Cā€™sā€ concept (Coaches, Campus, Camps, Community)

-2003 FCA Baseball Ministry launched.  FCA launches Team FCA membership program.2004 FCA celebrates 50 years of ministry.

-2005 Les Steckel named seventh FCA President/CEO.