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Cyclone senior outside hitter Rachel Hockaday is headed to Huntington Beach, Calif. this summer to work with Fellowship of Christian Athletes Volleyball. Throughout the summer, Hockaday will blog about her time with FCAV, giving Iowa State fans an inside look at one student-athlete's summer plans.
I’m excited to be able to share what’s been happening in California these past couple of weeks. Every hour of every day is planned out, so I have been extremely busy. Here’s an overview of what my week typically looks like.
Every morning we are up at 5:50 a.m. for daily reading and prayer time. Each day, we start with either a tough workout with our trainer Josh, who works with Out of Bounds Training in Costa Mesa, or a three hour beach workout where we incorporate speed, plyometric and agility training as well as sand volleyball. After our workouts, we usually have some time to work on various projects or tasks we have been assigned.
FCAV is run by a group called CORE, which is made up of FCAV staff as well as volunteers. The interns were asked to join a certain part of CORE, and I joined the club committee. FCAV is going to start up a volleyball club in the fall, so as part of the club committee, I’ve been assigned to do a bunch of research, marketing for the new club and networking with club directors across the country. It’s been a lot of fun brainstorming ideas and thinking of ways to make this club successful. I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to work with these people on such a huge project!
We’re usually busy in the evenings, as well. Most nights we have some type of dinner, whether it is dinner with an FCA supporter, with our mentors or with the FCA staff. On Wednesday nights, the FCAV family gets together at the director’s home and has dinner then prayer and worship. It has been amazing to be around such a great group of people. Every single person in the FCAV family is different but loves the Lord so much. It’s such a blessing to see the way God has been working in this organization- it just keeps growing and more and more people want to get involved.
Today we went to San Bernardino College and ran an all-sports camp for inner city kids in the area. Most of these kids grew up in low-income homes, usually in the foster care system. Many of them didn’t have a mother or father or a place to call home. It was such a rewarding experience to get a chance to love on them and invest in them. When one of the little girls received a pair of kneepads and a volleyball at the end of the day, she couldn’t stop smiling. She kept asking me, “Can I REALLY take this ball home with me?” It touched my heart to see a child so happy over something so small. In that moment, I realized how blessed I truly am and how much I take for granted in life. Little things like this make me stop and think about how grateful I am for the life I have and the opportunities I have been given. It truly was a touching experience, and one I will never forget.
Next week we will start working camps for junior high girls. I will be updating you soon on how those are going.
Hope you all are enjoying your summer.