On February 16, 2016, Don McClanen, the founder of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes passed away.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Don received advice from a young lieutenant to attend Oklahoma A&M and learn how to coach basketball from Coach Hank Iba. During his time at Oklahoma A&M, Don realized the power and influence of a coach and the athlete.
After graduating from college, Don took a job coaching high school basketball at Norfolk High School 25 miles east of Stillwater. He was 29-2 during his only year of high school coaching. The following year with the help of Coach Iba, Don became the head basketball coach of Eastern Oklahoma State College. Don and his team won the Oklahoma Junior College championship once and finished second twice.
During his time at Eastern Junior College, Don pursued his passion of establishing a Christian ministry. On November 12, 1954 Don established the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national ministry with its headquarters in Norman, Oklahoma.
Sixty one years later, FCA is recognized as the world’s largest sports ministry. Over 1,200 staff work with FCA in the United States along with FCA staff located in 38 countries throughout the world.
In 2015, FCA knows of 62,260 decisions that were made for Christ in the world with 962 of those decisions coming from Oklahoma. In Oklahoma during 2015, 495 campuses in Oklahoma held FCA meetings. Fifty one cities held Field of Faith events with over 125 schools and 10,000 students in attendance. Seven different summer camps were held with over 2,800 student/athletes attending.
Oklahoma FCA is thankful for Don McClanen and his willingness to follow the whispers of Christ and established the ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Because of his obedience and willingness to serve Christ and others, lives have been changed and challenged for eternity. We are thankful for Don and his life. Don has always recognized that he was just a servant following the leadership of Christ. He never looked for honor, he always gave honor to Christ. His example of a humble servant has left a legacy of thousands who came to know Christ and serve Him in all that they do. Don would simply say, “This ministry of FCA belongs to HIM”.
We praise God for the life and influence of Don McClanen! If you would like to know more about the life of Don and the history of Oklahoma FCA, contact the FCA State Office at 405-285-9399 and ask for the book “60 Years of Influence”.
Posted on Wed, February 17, 2016
by OKFCA Admin filed under