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Alonzo Stevens stepping down from his beloved FCA after 43 years

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(photo courtesy of Linda Stevens)

Former Vicksburg High Football Coach Alonzo Stevens is stepping down from the Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes after 43 years.

In 1978, Stevens began the FCA program at VHS where he was an assistant coach at the time. Shortly after organizing FCA, Stevens began recruiting students and led the bible study in the organization that meant so much to him.

Stevens didn’t just stop at just starting FCA at VHS, he also began a chapter at Port Gibson and Alcorn State University.

“FCA has been a part of my life for the past 43 years. I served from the first Mississippi FCA director, Gary Beets, in 1978 to Kiel Higginbotham in 2021,” Stevens said.

“I have memories of FCA high school group huddles, college group huddles, high school leadership camps, starting in Raymond at Hinds Community College sleeping on the gym floor in sleeping bags to students sharing dorm rooms at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. There were the watermelon cuts, the high school scholarships, the Bill Buckley luncheons, College Get-Aways, Coaches’ Time Outs, the National FCA Camp in Black Mountain, NC and receiving  the “Boo” Ferriss Influence Award in 2011 (the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ most prestigious award).

Stevens is appreciative to so many people that have helped him along the way. With plenty of assistance from individuals in the community, he was able to help spread the word of God to both young men and women with most of them remembering it forever.

Besides being a great FCA leader, Stevens has a prestigious coaching career.  He personally coached over eight players who found their place in the NFL, but nothing pleases him more than the work that he did with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

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