Football practice is in full swing and the process of building men that the football team works through each year is underway. Coach Spenn will often say that “true success will be measured by what kind of men the athletes become.” Each year, the team does two preseason events that are key in this process. The team goes on an overnight retreat and also puts on a football camp for inner-city kids in a partnership with Houston’s First Baptist Church. The retreat is a great time of team bonding, discipleship, service, and certainly food and fun. Throughout the season, the team is broken up into small groups that allow the upperclassman the opportunity to lead. This starts with several activities at the retreat.
Earlier this week, the team traveled into Houston to put on a football camp at the Faith Center, a ministry location of Houston’s First Baptist Church. The team worked with about 35 elementary through high school students. As a part of the camp, the football team spends time learning the students' names, encouraging them and having a little fun teaching the game of football. “Our players have so many blessing in their lives. It is important for them to see others that don’t have the same resources and opportunities and learn to be the light of Christ to them.” Coach Spenn went on to say, “The team did a great job. They engaged the kids and made them feel special. You could tell by the smiles on every face that it was a great day.” At the end, Coach Spenn and Coach Phipps got the opportunity to share a little of the gospel and also to encourage those kids to give back and pour into their communities in the future.