Ricky Horton Shares Message of Faith AND Baseball at FCA Event

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Published on February 8 2018 10:25 am
Last Updated on February 8 2018 10:26 am
Written by Greg Sapp

St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton made his pitch Wednesday night on behalf of faith and baseball at the 2018 Fellowship of Christian Athletes "NIght of Champions". 

Horton, who played on Cardinals pennant winners in 1985 and 1987 and won a World Championship with the Dodgers in 1988, has served as director of the St. Louis chapter of FCA since 1993. He shared a message that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is something Jesus desires with everyone who will trust in Him. He said he was an engineer-type who wanted things proved to him and said a faith-based message was something foreign to him, but that a teammate while he was in the minors introduced him to Jesus. 

Horton said that team orientation he experienced in sports is one reason FCA is so appealing. He based an acronym on TEAM...Togetherness, Encouragement, Acceptance and Mentoring.

Horton encouraged the young athletes and their coaches present to spend time daily in the Bible and in prayer to grow in strength and wisdom as a believer.

Horton touched briefly on baseball, saying the Cardinals will be better, but that other teams in the National League Central Division have also improved. In an interview with our Greg Sapp, Horton said he wouldn't mind the Cardinals acquiring another pitcher or hitter, either of those in fact, Horton said, would help in a climb back to the top of the division. You can hear that interview at the end of this article...

For the Cubs fans present, Horton quipped that it is his "earnest desire that the Cubs win another World Championship....in another 102 years". 

FCA staff members Kyle Stortzum and Kimberlin Michaels also spoke at the event. Stortzum shared about the eight weekly student huddles held in the Effingham area. He shared that FCA's goal is to work with coaches to encourage their faith. He said the two most powerful words in the lives of many young people are "Coach says...". 

Stortzum said FCA is working to help coaches understand "God's purpose for their lives". He said FCA's 10-year goal is for a "coach for Christ" on every school campus.

Michels echoed Stortzum as to the influence coaches can have on their athletes. She said there are over 200 coaches in schools in the Effingham area.

FCA Board Member Tom Fish served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, EHS Baseball Coach Chris Fleener closed the evening in prayer and FCA Board Member Mark Mayhood helped with a live auction fundraiser.

Here's that interview Greg conducted with Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton...