Pictured Left to Right: Wesley Woods (Savannah Area FCA Director, Mrs. Richardson (Rin's Mom), Rin Richardson and Coach Dawn Odom (St. Vincent's Academy Athletic Director)
November 2017 Savannah Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes Athlete of the Month Sponsored by Zaxbys – Rin Richardson of St. Vincent's Academy
The Savannah Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes would like to congratulate Rin Richardson on being selected as the Savannah Area FCA Student-Athlete of the Month for November 2017 sponsored by Savannah Area Zaxby's stores. Rin is a 17-year old senior at St. Vincent's Academy that is truly making a difference for Christ on and off the field. We chose Rin for this award because of her heart to pioneer FCA ministry on her campus. Her hope was to leave her legacy behind after graduation by doing so. From our staff at Savannah Area FCA, we would like to say thank you to Rin for her passion for Christ and her leadership with FCA on campus at St. Vincent's Academy.
Rin was awarded a framed Student-Athlete of the Month Certificate, a $30 Gift Card donated by Zaxby's, and will also be given an FCA performance shirt.
Below is a short interview we did with Rin:
Name: Rin Richardson Age: 17
School and Grade: Saint Vincent's Academy-12th grade Sports and Positions: Basketball (guard) and Golf
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine"
Favorite Food: Rice
Interesting Fact: Played my first 18 hole round of golf at TPC Sawgrass The Stadium Course.
As a student athlete that is focused on living out your faith on and off the field, what's the biggest thing you've learned about yourself?
After tearing my hamstring my junior year, I suddenly realized the importance of having a strong relationship with God, but also with family and friends. I learned so much about myself during this time of trial because I realized there was something so much greater than me - God, and this is how my favorite bible verse came to be. I also learned that because of God I can push myself so much harder than I thought possible and this allowed me to become so much stronger and healthier after tearing my hamstring.
As a high school student athlete, is it difficult to stay focused on your relationship with Jesus Christ?
Attending an all-girls Catholic high school, I think focusing on my relationship with Jesus has come easier than if I went to a public school and for this I am extremely grateful. FCA has also allowed me to share my love of Christ with the girls who attend the meetings and given me the opportunity to make sure others have a strong relationship with God.
What are some things you do every day to make sure you stay focused on your relationship with Christ?
Every night I end my night by writing in this journal I started on January 1, 2017, and I write about each day. This has allowed me to recognize all the great things I encounter every day. I also try to do a good deed every day for someone. All of these things on top of prayer, have allowed me to stay focused on my relationship while also being thankful.
What is your involvement with FCA on campus, and how has FCA helped you stay focused on your relationship with Christ.
I started the FCA chapter at Saint Vincent's because I wanted to be able to leave a legacy behind that would allow others to positively be impacted by their faith as I have been. Starting the chapter has allowed me to be a leader in the school as an athlete, but also as a follower of Christ (the whole mission behind FCA). FCA has helped me stay focused on my relationship with Christ because it has given me an opportunity to further understand God's continuous role in my life and how I can use this to my advantage in sports.
It's the last play of a game and the game is on the line. You huddle up your teammates to motivate them. What do you say?
I love motivating others! Each day I make a point to tell someone how awesome they are doing because it allows them to realize how special and awesome they are as an individual. I would say to my team, "Y'all have worked so hard for this moment and there is nothing stopping us now, go out and do your best, Y'all rock!!"
What are your plans after you graduate?
I plan to play college golf while majoring in Speech Pathology. I learned sign language a few years back. Through this, I realized there is a reason why I learned it, so I decided to research professions that use sign language. I happened to come across SLP and realized this incorporated sign language and helping people. I am so excited for the future.