One of the icons of college football will be making a stop in Wilmington on Thursday, September 17 as part of the annual fundraiser banquet for the Southeast North Carolina Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletics (FCA).
The event will be held at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus beginning at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Space is limited and reservations are required to listen to Bobby Bowden, the national champion and former Head Football Coach at Florida State University.
“Our vision is to influence kids every day,” said Mike Treppel, the newly appointed FCA Director for the Wilmington area. “Coaches have a great influence on young people and the influence athletes have with their peers is huge. We come alongside first and foremost to bring the truth of the Gospel to them and minster them. And I think there’s no better person or influential coach that could do that than Bobby Bowden.”
Bowden began his coaching career at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 1959 and led the West Virginia Mountaineers in the early ’70s before making his final stop in Tallahassee, Florida. From 1977 through 2009, Bowden never finished with a losing season for the Seminoles, winning 12 Atlantic Coast Conference Titles and two national championships (’93, ’99). His overall winning percentage as a college football coach (377-129-4) is one of the best in major college football history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
“Bobby Bowden has been a big fan of FCA,” Treppel added. “His coaching, teaching – parenting so to speak – goes beyond the x’s and o’s. He’s realized the impact he has on the development of young boys coming out of high school and making them into men because they’re going to be impactful whether they’re on the football field or any aspect of their life.
“He has a way with words and we look forward to hearing from him and obviously are looking to raise money for our organization as part of the fundraiser.”
The longtime football legend recently released his latest book, “The Wisdom of Faith..As the all-time winningest coach in Division I football history, Bowden has statues erected in his honor and national charities and awards named after him. “The Wisdom of Faith” talks about how his faith has guided him to success and accolades received during his lifetime in football.
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ, according to their mission statement. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America, focusing on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
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