Duck Dynasty Star Willie Robertson Assist Fellowship of Christian Athletes
By Ella Chan
Willie Robertson, star of A&E's hit reality show Duck Dynasty, has certainly made the most of his opportunities. Recently, the CEO of Duck Commander used his fame to assist Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Oklahoma in gaining more opportunities to share the love of Jesus Christ with coaches and athletes throughout the state.
Robertson was the keynote speaker at Oklahoma FCA's fundraising dinner held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. During his presentation, Robertson spoke of the wildly popular show featuring his family and co-workers at Duck Commander, and its role as a platform to share Christ using a medium that too often features the negative side of life.
"He feels like FCA is trying to do the same thing they're trying to do on the show," said John O'Dell, FCA's state director in Oklahoma. "What we do and what they do is all about influencing others for Christ. They use a TV show to influence the masses; we influence athletes and coaches. Willie took the time to speak about those similarities."
Robertson and his family have a history with FCA, according to O'Dell. Willie Robertson was involved with FCA as a high school student, and he and other family members teamed up to win an FCA golf scramble in their home state of Louisiana and qualify for the FCA National Golf Scramble at TPC Sawgrass in Florida a few years ago, before Duck Dynasty made them a national sensation.
"He told me that and I said, 'Are you serious?'" O'Dell said. "He said, 'Yeah, it was weird. I didn't even know we were playing for a chance to go to the national tournament. It was awesome.'"
O'Dell said his staff had no problem selling all 1,000 available tickets to the event, and that it was among the most popular and one of the highest revenue generating events conducted by the Oklahoma staff.
"I'm still hearing from people today," O'Dell said. "I constantly hear, 'Man, I loved it. It's the best thing you've ever done.' And we've done some fantastic things in Oklahoma. We've had Laura Bush, we've had Tony Dungy, we've had Tom Landry, we've had Michael Oher from The Blindside, and they've all been sold out.
"Usually, when you do an event, you'll have 10-15 percent of the people registered not show up; sometimes 20 percent. Sometimes a group will buy a table of 10 and they'll bring a group of six people. I don't think there was an empty seat in the house. It was absolutely amazing."
The proceeds from the event are used to raise support for staff members, camps, programs and ministry conducted by FCA in Oklahoma. The organization conducts five camps in the inner-cities of the state in which campers are not charged a tuition fee. Events such as this one help make those camps happen.
For more information about Oklahoma FCA and how to help support its ministry, point your web browser to www.okfca.org.