In October, Mitchell Boggs performed on one of the biggest stages imaginable: pitching in baseball’s World Series. On Monday night, Boggs was on a much smaller — but we would argue equally important — stage.

A Dalton native, Boggs delivered the keynote address at the Whitfield/Murray Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) banquet. He urged attendees to continue supporting the area’s youth to allow more stories like his to be written.

Boggs, a relief pitcher for the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, played high school baseball and football at Dalton.

“To see these kids, to see how much they want God in their life, it’s powerful,” Boggs said. “What I want them to hear is about them, that they are worthy and capable of the greatest things in life.”

FCA is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organization which uses the influence of coaches and athletes to impact the world through God. The organization has chapters in schools across the country and has a chapter in many local schools, including all of the high schools in Whitfield and Murray counties.

There are a lot of negative and nonproductive activities and people that can eat away at the moral fiber of today’s youth. Having the FCA a part of many young persons’ lives can be a great positive counterbalance to all those negatives. Our community is lucky to have people like Boggs who can speak from experience about the importance of remaining grounded in your core fundamental values and trusting in God.

We hope everyone in the community will take the time to learn more about our local FCA and find a way to give back, whether with time or money, to this great and inspiring organization.

As Boggs said, “There are young men and women in all of these schools just like me with goals as big as mine. ... The teenagers in this community are worth it.”

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