Halliday named new chairman for FCA Cape Atlantic

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New FCA board chairman Andrew Halliday with former chairman John Shirk. New FCA board chairman Andrew Halliday with former chairman John Shirk.

OCEAN CITY – After 15 years as the chairman of the board for the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, John Shirk, managing partner at Fortress Financial, LLC, has decided to step down and Andrew Halliday transitioned into the chairman’s role at the start of the new year.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as chairman of the board,” said Halliday, a sales manager at McMahon Agency, Inc. “We are anxious to continue the work of making an impact in our community that John started 15 years ago. We have an excellent staff to work with.”

Shirk, a former running back at the University of Pennsylvania, was intrigued by a local newspaper ad he read in the late-1990s and decided to attend a FCA event in Galloway Township.

After attending, Shirk was inspired and became instrumental in bringing FCA to Cape May and Atlantic counties.

Now in its 16th year, FCA Cape Atlantic is currently staffed by its second area director, Kyle Clayton, as well as area representative, Carly Witherow, who is focusing on southern Cape May County.

In addition to developing FCA’s presence in local schools and communities, FCA Surf, founded by the late Joe Matera, who served as the area director before Clayton, was also birthed out of Shirk’s influence and leadership.

“It is amazing to be a part of the ripple effect from one man who read and responded to a newspaper article 16 years ago. I am grateful for John’s boldness, passion, and faithfulness to remain an active leader in our local ministry. What a legacy,” Halliday said.

For 60 years, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has challenged coaches and athletes to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

FCA’s founder, Don McClanen, said, “The question often asked is, ‘Is FCA as needed or relevant today as it was back then (1954)?’ And I would say more so. FCA is God’s amazing, miraculous dream being fulfilled still to this day.”

Locally, FCA has a presence on 15 public and private middle school and high school campuses in Cape May and Atlantic counties. On campus, FCA is typically a student-led club where athletes of all kinds come together for fellowship, Bible study and prayer. These campus huddles meet before, during or after school, and provide an opportunity for students to encourage each other in their sport and in life.

FCA’s off-campus opportunities also include coach’s huddles and the Character Coach program, as well as adult sport-specific huddles, FCA teams and summer camps.

FCA currently sponsors a men’s softball team in the Ocean City summer league and the Dennisville fall ball League, as well as two soccer teams that compete at Eurosports in Egg Harbor City. Because of the partnership with FCA Surf, there are nine FCA camps in Cape May and Atlantic counties — more than any other region in the country. FCA Surf holds eight weeklong camps at 59th Street in Ocean City, and FCA Cape Atlantic hosts a weeklong sports camp for 8-12 year olds in Egg Harbor Township.

Although Shirk has stepped down as chairman, he will remain an active board member.

For more information, see www.FCACapeAtlantic.org.

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