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Former NBA star Price to speak at FCA banquet
Ex-Cavaliers guard the all-time leader in FT shooting percentage
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Forsyth County News
FCA spring banquet

Tuesday, March 10 (7 p.m.)

First Baptist Church, 1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming

Tickets are $75. Dress is business casual.

A photo reception with Mark Price will precede the banquet at 5 p.m. A silent auction — featuring vacation properties in Florida, a shooting lesson with Price, Hawks floor tickets, one year of pest control, gym membership and other items — is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Promoting Christianity on high school campuses might be described a bit like shooting a free throw.

You need to plant your feet firmly, take an appropriate stance and settle on the most effective method, then hope the attempt finds its mark.

With that in mind, former NBA All-Star Mark Price seems like an ideal representative.

Price, the NBA’s all-time leader in free-throw shooting percentage, will be the keynote speaker at next week’s annual spring banquet for the Forsyth-Dawson chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Drafted out of Georgia Tech in 1986, Price spent 12 seasons in the NBA, nine of them with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He made the All-Star team four times and is still the league’s free-throw shooting leader, at 90.4 percent. He’s currently a shooting coach for the Atlanta Hawks.

Local FCA director Michael Ganote knows Price personally, and asked him to share his testimony with the attendees at this year’s banquet.

“Our kids have played a little bit together, and we just developed a relationship from that,” Ganote said.

Jeannine Davis, campus ministries director for the local FCA chapter, says the spring banquet is an opportunity to let the community know what FCA is able to accomplish on middle school and high school campuses.

She thinks that many people might not be aware that FCA is able to organize Bible studies and prayer groups for Christian athletes on public school property — provided the groups are optional and organized like any other extra-curricular club.

“The awareness is continuing to build, but the fact that we can share the Gospel on a public school campus ... I think people’s eyes are opened to the opportunities that we have,” she said.

“I think a lot of people don’t realize what can happen on a school campus.”

According to Ganote, the local FCA gave away 878 Bibles last year, and impacts nearly 900 coaches and athletes through Bible studies and huddles each month.

In addition to the keynote speaker, the annual banquet also features speeches and testimonies of faith from local coaches and athletes. Forsyth Central boys basketball coach Steve Barnes will address this year’s banquet, as well as student leaders.

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