Members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Brookwood School participated in their annual "Mission Marathon" the first weekend in March.
At the Vashti Center on Friday, FCA students staged "Wacky Olympics" games, followed by dinner and an inspirational devotional by Danny Copeland, who graduated from Central High School in 1984 before continuing his education and playing football at the University of Eastern Kentucky. Copeland eventually played for the Washington Redskins before returning to Thomas County. He heads the Christ in Sports Foundation, training and guiding student athletes.
Brookwood's FCA students stayed at Myrtlewood Plantation over the weekend while continuing their service projects.
On Saturday, one group helped provide food from Second Harvest at a food drop in Pavo while another FCA team of students helped with a children's carnival at the Caterpillar Plant in Thomasville. That afternoon, both groups headed to the Salvation army where the students cleaned and organized the church and clothing center.
"Despite the adverse weather that day, the kids continued to work hard," said their FCA staff sponsor Amy Stalvey. "The students truly blessed so many people that weekend and I am so proud of every one of them."
On Sunday afternoon, FCA students helped a local woman by cleaning up her yard and working in her home.
"It was such a blessing to see young people who cared about others in need," said Stalvey.
Heeth Varnedoe and Chason Ives participate in the shaving cream relay during the Wacky Olympics at Vashti.
These Brookwood FCA members worked at the Children's Carnival at the Caterpillar plant.
Hannah Gilliland and Courtney Murray help get food ready and delivered inside the Caterpillar plant after participants had to move indoors because of bad weather.