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Guide to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Duke University Chapter Records, 1960 - 1965

Abstract

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a social and religious group for athletes and coaches. The Duke University chapter was founded in 1960. Records include correspondence, reports, history, financial materials, meeting notices, posters, programs, conference materials, membership lists, publications, clippings, and press releases. Major subjects include Duke University students, college sports, sports camps, religious life at Duke University, male college students, Christianity, leadership, and fellowship. Materials range in date from 1960 to 1965.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Duke University Chapter records, 1960 - 1965
Creator
Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Duke University chapter.
Extent
0.75 Linear Feet , 750 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Contains materials pertaining to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a social and religious group for Christian athletes and coaches at Duke University. Records include correspondence, reports, history, financial materials, meeting notices, posters, programs, conference materials, membership lists, publications, clippings, and press releases. Major subjects include Duke University students, college sports, sports camps, religious life at Duke University, male college students, Christianity, leadership, and fellowship. Materials range in date from 1960-1965.

Administrative Information

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1960-1965
Box 1 Folder 1
Annual reports, 1962-1965
Box 1 Folder 2
Chartering a chapter and local history, undated
Box 1 Folder 3
Community support and contributors, 1960-1965
Box 1 Folder 4
Financial materials, 1960-1965
Box 1 Folder 5
Fundraising, 1960-1965
Box 1 Folder 6
Meeting notices and posters, ca. 1960-1962
Box 1 Folder 7
Blue - White Football Game, ca. 1962
Box 1 Folder 8
Duke Chapel benefit services, 1960-1963
Box 1 Folder 9
Conferences, 1961-1965
Box 1 Folder 10
Conference, Lake Geneva, Wis., 1960-1962
Box 1 Folder 11
Conference, Henderson Harbor, N.Y., 1963-1965
Box 1 Folder 12
National Conference Committee materials, 1961-1965
Box 1 Folder 13
City-wide rallies, ca. 1961-1965
Box 1 Folder 14
Membership lists, undated
Box 1 Folder 15
The Christian Athlete, 1960-1963
Box 1 Folder 16
General Fellowship of Christian Athletes literature, ca. 1960-1965
Box 1 Folder 17
Clippings and press releases, 1960-1965
Box 1 Folder 18

Historical Note

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national organization, was founded in 1954 by Don McClanen. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes challenges coaches and athletes at the professional, college, high school, junior high, and youth levels to use the medium of athletics to learn leadership and moral values of the Christian faith. In 1956, coaches and 256 athletes attended the first national sports camp at Estes Park, Colorado. By 1964, summer programs were also established at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Black Mountain, North Carolina. By 1989, there were 40,000 official members. Close to 14,000 people attended summer camps in 1995. Campus programs called Huddles were established in 1966 to provide a peer-group meeting structure for camp attendees during the school year. The number of campuses with Huddle fellowships grew to around 6,600 by 1997. The organization is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Duke University chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes was installed in 1960. Like other chapters, the Duke University chapter emphasizes leadership and fellowship among athletes and their communities. The Duke University chapter included baseball, basketball, football, and track players and coaches, but football players were the chapter's most well-represented group during the early 1960s. Informal chapter meetings were held weekly and monthly. Weekly meetings were for students only, while monthly meetings included a guest speaker during dinner. Members of the Duke chapter attended summer conferences, presented programs to churches, schools, and clubs, and assisted other colleges with forming chapters.

Religious groups at Duke University, alumni, and people in the community supported the chapter financially. Annual sermons were held in the Duke University Chapel to raise awareness of the chapter's activities. During the spring, the Athletics Department sponsored a Blue-White Spring Football Scrimmage to help the chapter raise funds for conference tuition. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes program at Duke University was managed in cooperation with the Durham County High Schools, which provided means for recruiting new athletes to play at Duke University.

As of 2003, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is active at Duke University.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Duke University Chapter Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Duke University Chapter Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1975.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed February 2003

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.