After a yearâ€™s hiatus, the Heart of a Champion Bowl is returning to Tyler.
Robert Bardin, of the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said the game will played be played June 15 on Earl Campbell Field at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
â€śLongview coach John King and the Longview ISD stepped in and did a great job last year and hosted the game when Rose Stadium was being resurfaced,â€ť Bardin said. â€śThis year we are returning to Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium for our third annual game.â€ť
He made the announcement on Monday at the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Center.
Bardin also said the head football coaches for this yearâ€™s all-stars will be Harmony High Schoolâ€™s Tim Russell and Vanâ€™s Jared Moffatt.
The purpose of the Heart of a Champion Bowl is to honor Christ, raise awareness of FCA and showcase the great coaches, players and cheerleaders in Northeast Texas, Bardin said.
â€śWe are very pleased how the game has grown,â€ť Bardin said. â€śWe have 64 schools represented this year; that is up 14 from last year.â€ť
Russell will coach the Blue team. His staff includes Garrisonâ€™s Craig Barker, Quitmanâ€™s Ron Callahan, All Saintsâ€™ Mike Hall, San Augustineâ€™s Donald Hubbard, Harmonyâ€™s Brian Mauk and Robert E. Leeâ€™s Darrell Piske. Another assistant will be added, Bardin said.
Lindaleâ€™s Mike Meador is serving as the Blue Team consultant.
â€śThis is one of my favorite things I do during the year,â€ť Russell said. â€śI have a chance to coach with some strong Christian men and be able to coach some of these great athletes in East Texas â€¦ and help their development as far as their Christian walk and get them closer to Jesus Christ, which is the main goal of the game.â€ť
Moffatt will coach the Red team. His staff includes Mount Vernonâ€™s Mike Alexander, Vanâ€™s Scott Doring, Eustaceâ€™s Brian Herman, John Tylerâ€™s Ricklan Holmes, Beckvilleâ€™s Eric Robinson and White Oakâ€™s Gerry Stanford. Another assistant will be added as well.
Bishop Gormanâ€™s Coby Gibson will serve as Red Team consultant.
â€śThe FCA is a tremendous organization,â€ť Moffatt said, â€śOne of the things we do as coaches is be a mentor to our kids â€¦ hopefully impact their lives and that is what FCA does. It gives kids an opportunity to be involved with an organization that is Christ-centered. We get to coach some talented kids and it will be a great time, but also get to spend some time with those kids and share our testimonies with them.â€ť
Holmes said he has watched the last two games and is excited about being part of the coaching staff this year.
â€śAnytime you are part of something that is being put together like this through the Grace of God you have to be excited about it,â€ť Holmes said.
There will also be cheerleading all-stars. The cheer sponsors are Bullardâ€™s Kelly Nichols and Vanâ€™s Shani Crow.
The coaches drafted players on Monday from a total of 179 nominations. The rosters should include about 50 for each team. After inviting the players and confirming the rosters, Bardin will announce the participants on Feb. 10 at coaches and parents meeting at Green Acres Baptist Church.
Only high school seniors are eligible.
The FCA staff supports coaches and athletes by:
Providing leadership training to area campus ministries;
Camp participation and scholarships;
Coaches Bible studies;
One-on-one discipleship with coaches;
Area outreach events;
FCA materials and Bibles;
and presence on the campus.
NOTES For more information about the game and the banquet, contact Bardin at www.fcatyler.org , firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-752-9339. â€¦ Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Blue defeated the Red 24-0 in inaugural game, while the Red won last year, 24-17. â€¦ The Northeast Texas FCA chapter area stretches from Paris (north) to Lufkin/Nacogdoches area (south) and Wills Point (west) to Waskom (east). â€¦ In the 2011 game, John Tylerâ€™s Jeremiah Henry was the Offensive Most Valuable Player, while Edgewoodâ€™s Tre Wright was Defensive MVP. â€¦ In the 2012 game, Longviewâ€™s Jordan Burton was the Defensive MVP, while Whitehouseâ€™s Jonathan Aldridge was Offensive MVP.