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Fellowship of Christian Athletes Inducting Dr. Judson Martin to the Hall of Champions

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca. org) is inducting seven partners and supporters of the world’s largest international sports ministry into its Hall of Champions (HOC).
Among the seven inductees is Dr. Judson Martin, whose FCA involvement began in high school, continued during his basketball career at the University of Nebraska, and intensified as an adult. Over the past 40-plus years, he has faithfully advanced the Christian message alongside FCA by serving as a board member, presenter, coach and financial supporter.
“We are thrilled to again welcome a new class into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “Dr. Judson Martin has made contributions to his communities and teams – all in an effort to help change lives through sports, FCA and God’s endless power.”
Martin has consistently encouraged and prayed for FCA as a pillar for the ministry in Western Nebraska, where he lives and works as an ophthalmologist. He has used his influence to encourage and involve others in FCA through events such as the Panhandle Area banquet, the National Golf Scramble and President’s Weekend. He has faithfully served in leadership roles through the FCA Golf Board, the Panhandle Area Board and the FCA Nebraska State Board. He recently completed terms on the FCA International Board and the FCA Board of Trustees, and he has attended International Capacity Conferences.
“Whether it’s his beloved state of Nebraska, the Midwest Region or across the world, Jud is passionate about advancing the Gospel regardless of the environment,” says Tim Johnson, FCA VP of Field Ministry for the Midwest Region. “There is no doubt about his intentions for FCA being his primary ministry for Kingdom support and work. Jud’s life has been a testament to his love for and commitment to FCA.”
Martin joins Mike Ayers, Jean Barrett, Jay Bell, Jeff Edmondson, Theodore Ginn, Sr. and Steve Powell in being inducted into the 2020 Hall of Champions. They have worked tirelessly to further the FCA vision: to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. FCA Hall of Champions honorees over the years have consisted of a mix of coaches, athletes and volunteers, including sports greats such as Tony Dungy, Tom Landry, Tom Osborne and Roger Staubach, just to name a few.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions was established in 1991. With the new 2020 class, there are now 122 godly coaches and athletes plus board members and volunteers who have received this special tribute. They make up a group of FCA servant-leaders who have faithfully served Christ through the avenue of FCA. Their commitment to the Lord’s work has impacted many millions over the years. They are a body of teammates in Christ who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to the support of FCA, nominated by staff and board members and elected by a selection committee.

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