Par­son head­ing on FCA trip to Brazil

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

The Rock­mart High School foot­ball team is a squad any­one in the state can point to and say “they sure can play.”

Now their head coach is tak­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence to South Amer­ica to help those who want to get bet­ter at the game of foot­ball with a forth­com­ing clinic put on by the Fel­low­ship of Chris­tian Ath­letes.

Jack­ets head coach Biff Par­son is tak­ing a trip start­ing on March 13 to head to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with other coaches and vol­un­teers from FCA to help adults who play and coach club teams to gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of the game of foot­ball.

“I was in­vited be­cause I know the coach over in Greater Hall in the Gainesville area from my past ex­pe­ri­ence,” Par­son said. “They wanted me to go and take part, and I can say it is a real honor to be able to go.”

Par­son said the main fo­cus of the trip will be help­ing those adult play­ers and coaches learn ad­di­tional fun­da­men­tals of the game, and learn new tech­niques and plays that will help Brazil­ian teams win on the field.

Foot­ball in South Amer­ica usu­ally is spelled “fut­bol” (with an ac­cent) and played with what we call here in the United States a soc­cer ball. In Brazil, Amer­i­can foot­ball is a club sport that play­ers usu­ally pay to play on the grid­iron.

“I was also pre­vi­ously in­vited to go on a mis­sion trip to Por­tu­gal, but couldn’t at the time be­cause I was just start­ing here (Rock­mart,)” Par­son said.

He added the forth­com­ing trip is just one of many mis­sions op­por­tu­ni­ties that the FCA takes part in on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“I re­ally am look­ing for­ward to go­ing to be able to spread the gospel and do some­thing that I’m pas­sion­ate about, which is teach­ing foot­ball,” Par­son said.

The clinic will likely host up­ward to 100 men, and take par­tic­i­pants on the field for fun­da­men­tals, and in the class­room for ad­di­tional work.

/ Jeremy Ste­wart

Rock­mart head coach Biff Par­son stands with his team in the tun­nel be­fore go­ing out onto the field for the GHSA Class AA state foot­ball cham­pi­onship game in 2018 at MercedesBenz Sta­dium in At­lanta.

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