MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Fellowship of Christian Athletes wrapped up its sixth annual Pouncey Power Camp Thursday on the MCC Campus. The two-day camp hosted three hundred Boys and Girls club members from the Meridian area and Philadelphia. The campers received both skills training in various sports and Christian education.
Over 2000 campers have attended the camp since its inaugural year in Highland Park. FCA Area Director, Jonathan Fulcher, has witnessed the event grow not only in participation, but in the influence it has had on its attendees in the six years since its inception.
“I’ve also seen it evolve and that it’s making an impact. Kids are remembering the camp from year to year so we’re getting a lot of the same kids here which is a big deal for us,” he said. “This is not just something that we just want to check off the box and say that we’re doing. But we want to make an impact in our community.
The camp is held in memory of former West Lauderdale football coach, Derek Pouncey who passed away from cancer in 2014.
“I think something that would make me the most proud after this camp is just to see the unity,” Fulcher said. To look across the room and see the diversity that’s in the room and to know that we are unified under one thing and that’s Jesus and that to know that through unity we can make an impact in our community and I firmly believe that – to see Meridian be the best that Meridian can be, we need to be unified."
The Camp is an extension of FCA’s vision, which is to impact the world for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletics.