Christian athletes club at HLA [UPDATED]Published 9:17am Friday, October 19, 2012 Updated 11:18am Friday, October 19, 2012
Hillcrest athletics have a tradition of instilling both hard work and excellence in students through athletic competition. One of the aspects of Hillcrest sports that sets Hillcrest apart is the training to students in representing Jesus Christ in their competition.
Attend a game at HLA and you’ll hear a prayer before the game and could witness a post-game prayer with players from both teams. Hillcrest trains students to understand that athletic competition is a great tool to communicate mutual respect and concern for eachother.
Part of the training Hillcrest does with students is through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) club. Meeting twice a month with various coaches, FCA works to prepare and equip students to represent Jesus Christ on and off the field.
Hillcrest’s FCA club has joined with area FCA clubs for a Fields of Faith event at Jefferson High School in Alexandria. The event is a gathering of prayer and worship that has united area athletics under the banner of Jesus Christ.
Students for Life
Students at Hillcrest are embarking on a 40-day journey. Focusing on prayer and fasting, Hillcrest has facilitated the student body to stand for the unborn through the student-led club Students for Life.
The Students for Life club meets periodically at Hillcrest, taking a number of field trips as students stand in peaceful prayer against abortion. The most notable vigil occurs during the 40-days for Life campaign, a nation wide movement of prayer and fasting on street corners near abortion facilities.
These meaningful field trips have equipped students to be a voice for those who are voiceless, standing in opposition to abortion believing that life begins as the moment of conception. Many Hillcrest classes have highlighted this fact, tying in the 40-Days for Life campaign into History, Science and English classes.
more than football
Homecoming at Hillcrest is an exciting time.
As I look back at our homecoming festivities I remember the athletic competitions and how our students worked hard to represent their school and their Lord.
I’m also drawn to the faces that traveled back to Hillcrest to have a bite to eat at our homecoming tailgating party, hear our Homecoming concert and participate in our Fresh Breeze update banquet.
These activities show some of the realities of the Hillcrest experience for students. Many of the alumni note that Hillcrest is where their faith became an active part of their life.
Others note that the faculty and staff at Hillcrest were significant mentors to them, supporting the ideas they’ve heard from home about integrity, family structure and hard work.
It is a blessing to be a part of such a meaningful institution in the lives of so many, showing Hillcrest to live out it’s mission statement of preparing students in a Bible-based environment for a life of significance.
Steven Brue is the President of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls.