KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) announced that longtime Wisconsin FCA volunteer Jake Bostrom, of Menomonie, will be inducted into FCA’s Hall of Champions later this year.
Bostrom is one of five inductees in the 2015 class. He has worked tirelessly for decades to further the FCA vision: to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
“It’s always a special time when we welcome a new class into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Hall of Champions,” FCA President and CEO Les Steckel said. “The five members of the Class of 2015 are amazing testaments to selfless service and a commitment to helping to impact coaches and athletes for Jesus Christ. We are so thankful for Jake Bostrom, Wayne Gordon, Anne Graham Lotz, Bobby Jones and Ken Marks and all they have done to help change lives through sports, FCA and the grace of God.”
John “Jake” Bostrom has been committed to FCA as a volunteer for more than a half-century, serving the Wisconsin FCA for the first two decades of its existence. He has impacted countless coaches, athletes, volunteers and staff with his selfless service. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Bostrom was invited to serve at FCA conferences in North Dakota, Indiana and Michigan. Early Wisconsin FCA initiatives can trace their origins to Bostrom’s efforts.
Throughout the years, Bostrom organized a number of “Weekends of Champions” events, father/son banquets, FCA rallies and FCA Sundays for area churches. He also tirelessly raised funds for these events, as well as for summer conferences and camps. More than 1,000 young athletes have attended FCA Camps because of Bostrom’s involvement. Now 76 years old, Bostrom still excels in this area, raising $6,000 in scholarships in 2014 and personally paying for others to attend camps. Bostrom also chaperones transportation to and from camps and serves in many other capacities. Bostrom has served extensively on state and local FCA boards.
Bostrom and his wife, Shirley, have two daughters.
All five inductees will be honored with a photo and biography at the newly redesigned Hall of Champions at FCA’s National Support Center in Kansas City. A special glass plaque will be presented to honorees later this year.
FCA’s Hall of Champions members serve to fulfill FCA’s vision, mission and values: to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes; to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church; and through relationships that demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through integrity, serving, teamwork and excellence.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions was established in 1991. After the new inductees, the Hall of Champions will have 91 members.
For more information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, visit FCA’s web site at www.fca.org.