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Today we welcome to The Connection Tristan Griffin, Northeast Ohio Multi-Area Director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

What’s your favorite quote? I don’t have a favorite quote but would like to share my favorite poem.

Said the Robin to the Sparrow, “I should really like to know

Why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so.”

Said the Sparrow to the Robin, “Friend I think that it must be

That they have no heavenly Father such as cares for you and me.”

What’s something unique about you?  One of my shoulders is a bit lower than the other because I broke my collar bone when I was 5 years old playing tag on the Dallas Cowboys football field. 

Hello, I’m Tristan Griffin, and I am the Northeast Ohio Multi-Area Director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Prior to working for FCA, I was a football coach at Tiffin University. I met my wife and Tiffin University, and my love of sports and Jesus runs deep. FCA combines those two passions to create an awesome opportunity for God to reach coaches and athletes with His life-and-eternity changing good news.  

For those who don’t know, Fellowship of Christian Athletes exists to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. FCA has been around since 1954 when a man named Don McClanen thought, “If athletes can endorse cereal and cigarettes, why can’t they endorse the Christian religion?” Since then, FCA has grown to serve 84 countries with over 1,800 staff members. FCA impacts coaches and athletes through our 4 Cs of ministry: 

Coaches – Coaches are at the heart of FCA. Our role is to minister to these men and women by encouraging and equipping them to know and serve Christ.
Campus – Campus ministry is initiated and led by student-athletes and coaches on junior high, high school, and college campuses.
Camps – Camps are a time of inspiration and perspiration for athletes and coaches to reach their potential by offering comprehensive athletic, spiritual, and leadership training. 
Community – Non-school based FCA ministries reach the community through partnerships with local churches, businesses, parents and volunteers. These ministries not only reach out to the community, but also allow the community to invest in coaches and athletes.

Currently, FCA is serving over 1,000 coaches and athletes in the Akron area. Additionally, we were blessed to see 126 people come to Christ through our ministry activities within the past year.

To find out more, to volunteer, or to give, visit their website or contact Tristan at: 817-944-0499 or tgriffin@fca.org.