If all goes as Payson Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director Denny Morse plans, about 20 local teenagers will soon receive scholarships to participate in several sports camps this summer.
The local FCA chapter is hosting a sponsorship dinner June 23 at the Small Cafe in Payson to raise money to send local athletes to camp.
Tickets are priced at $15 for a prime rib meal with seatings at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
According to Morse, seatings will be rotated so patrons may linger over their meals as long as they desire.
"We don't want anyone to think the meal is just 30 minutes," he said. "The seatings are rotated through the different rooms in the cafe."
Tickets are available by calling Morse at 474-8291. After obtaining tickets, patrons need only call 474-3387 to schedule their dinner seating time.
Proceeds from the dinner will help send the local students to summer camps in Flagstaff and Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Flagstaff camp, Morse said, will feature combined football and basketball instruction. The California camp covers seven sports, including soccer, volleyball, track, girls surfing and other athletic endeavors.
"(The camps) are power packed with quality instruction and dynamic teaching by college and professional athletes and coaches," Morse said.
What is FCA?
According to Morse, the local chapter of the FCA is in its seventh year of existence.
"It's a popular outreach to students, addressing issues from a Biblical perspective in a high energy atmosphere of love and acceptance," he said.
The group traditionally meets on Monday evenings to perform skits, sing with the FCA band and listen to speakers from around the state who challenge the students to apply Biblical truth to their lives, Morse said.
Good works at home
In addition, he said, the youngsters associated with FCA have "tried to minister to our community ... Kids have visited shut-ins at Christmas to carol and take small gifts."
The FCA also raised $1,600 for the Payson High Student Council Crisis Fund and participated in a work day to assist the public library.