Van Buren’s FCA held a luncheon prior to the start of the school year for the coaches at Heritage Church on Pointer Trail.

The luncheon was a service to the coaches and to outline what FCA does and its plans for the upcoming year.

“The FCA Coaches Lunch was an idea we formed at FCA Camp this past June,” said Emily Phomsopha, the student organizer for the event. “The FCA staff at camp provided several outreach ideas to do back at home, one of these was the coaches lunch. The idea instantly started to take off on our way home from camp as coach (Brandy) Mosby and I talked about the year and what we wanted to accomplish. The lunch was not the only a way to give back to our coaches for all the hours and hard work they put into the athletes and students every year, but to also let them know FCA supports them.”

Phomsopha became first involved with FCA her freshman year and after a few events saw something else happening.

“FCA was a club which lined up with my values and beliefs as a follower of Christ. It was also an opportunity to grow in the Lord along with my peers and fellow teammates,” said Phomsopha. “After joining I went to meetings and events like Fields of Faith and I realized something big was happening through FCA and I wanted to be part of it.

“Ever since I have been a part of FCA and now I get the privilege and the amazing opportunity to lead FCA at the high school.”

The students in FCA organized the event and did most of the speaking. Outside speakers included Tyson Simon and Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh, former Pointer coach and FCA sponsor. Deffenbaugh coached just about every sport at Van Buren at one time or another.

The event was supplied with donations including Butcher Boys (baked beans), JC’s BBQ (pulled pork), Stirred (desserts), Colton’s (cole slaw) and Today’s Bank (bottled water).

“This year we have an awesome team filled with some incredible athletes,” Phomsopha said. “This team is comprised of athletes from all sports and all grades who all have a servant’s heart and a love for the Lord. Along with these students, the lunch would not have been possible without the support of coach Mosby and the administration. Randy Loyd, Drew Cone, and Dr. Harold Jeffcoat allowed the event to take place and supported the idea when we first introduced it to them in July. Without them and their support, the lunch would not have been anywhere near as successful as it was.”

The FCA hosts its annual Kickoff Breakfast on Aug. 23 at the high school and Aug. 24 at Butterfield Trail Middle School. Fields of Faith will be held at Blakemore Field this year on Oct. 10.

The Dan Burton’s Outdoor Expo is set for Sept. 15 with Jase Robertson (Duck Commander), Mountain Man (Duck Dynasty), Jimmy Houston (America’s Favorite Fisherman) and others.

The FCA Camp will be held next June for junior high and high school students. Phomsopha added that other activities are planned for the school year for students of all ages.