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Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes HQ finds a home at Malone University

September 3, 2013 | Release # 6696

Malone University has partnered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), now housing the organization's area headquarters in Osborne Hall on the Malone University campus, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.

The partnership, spearheaded in part by Chris Abrams, Ed.D., vice president for student development and interim vice president for enrollment management and university marketing, came about through relationships forged between Malone University coaching staff and administrators, and members of the FCA board of directors.

Hannah Calhoun, FCA Area Representative for Stark, Summit, and Wayne Counties, describes her reaction to the new partnership as, "beyond excited! The possibilities of what God can do through this partnership are truly endless. As we met together to discuss what this partnership would look like, everyone in the meeting was amazed at how the goals of both organizations lined up and how this partnership just made sense. I believe that God has opened this door at just the right time and that He is going to do great things in and through FCA and Malone as we work together to impact the world for Jesus Christ."

Charlie Grimes, athletic director at Malone University, agrees.

"Formalizing a partnership with FCA is an outstanding benefit for our student-athletes and staff here at Malone," says Grimes. "I look forward to working closely with Hannah to resource and encourage our coaches and student-athletes, as well as tap into FCA's strong connection with high school students. We share FCA's awesome vision to enhance the "Four C" targets for Christ-centered athletics: Coaches, Campus, Camps, Community. I look forward to the wonderful things we can accomplish together."

Specific outcomes of the partnership include ministry to and through Malone coaches and student-athletes, FCA camps and events held at Malone University, with the goal of reaching athletes and coaches for Jesus through the platform of athletics.

FCA agreement

(Left to right: Abrams, Calhoun, Grimes)

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives - one heart at a time. 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. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015  , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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