Through the years, Georgias Mark Richt has not been shy about talking about his faith.
Like his mentor Bobby Bowden, Richt likes to work with religious organizations. He has done mission work in the past, and he welcomes chaplains on to campus to work with his football program.
Richts appearance Tuesday at the Middle Georgia Fellowship of Christian Athletes spring banquet at Vineville United Methodist Church fell right in line with those beliefs. It was his second speaking engagement in the 13-year history of the banquet, an event Bowden, the former Florida State football head coach, has spoken at twice, as well.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes have allowed us to have some chaplains on campus, said Richt, who also spoke at the Middle Georgia banquet in 2003. Theyre hired by FCA, theyre paid by FCA, but they allow them to come and be around our program and minister to our players. Other sports (are involved) as well; its not just football. Its really nice to have that.
FCA has a close relationship with the Georgia football program. Last years G-Day game served as a fund-raiser for the organization.
Im not exactly sure who is going to benefit from our spring game this year, but I know (that there have been) years that FCA has, Richt said. Theres a lot of good organizations out there, and FCA is certainly one we care about a lot.
Ive always supported FCA, and I will continue to do so.
FCA presented its Huddle Awards at Tuesdays banquet. Southwests Jaimeson Taylor was named the male Huddle Athlete of the Year, while Jones Countys Ashley Mills received the female honor. Mercer defensive line coach Justin Brown received the Dr. Harold Johnson Award as the male Huddle Coach of the Year, while Mercer athletics trainer Meagan McKinnon received the Leon Hilburn Award as the female Huddle Leader of the Year.