With a mission of “helping those who need it most,” Beasley Allen attorneys and staff continuously give time and money to organizations in our community and beyond. This week, the firm’s Cole Portis, Personal Injury Section Head, presented a check for $70,375.96 to John Gibbons, state director of the Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Cole Portis John Gibbons Beasley Allen donates over $70,375 to the Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Cole Portis and John Gibbons

Portis presented the check during the Alabama FCA’s 28th Annual Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Tournament. The firm is the sole sponsor of the Alabama FCA’s “Message from the Mound,” a community-wide worship service that will close the baseball tournament.

“The Alabama FCA plays an important role in young athletes’ lives throughout the state, including here in the River Region, and we are happy to support their work,” Portis said.

The Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ mission is to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through coaches and athletes’ influence. Their work is centered on the values to use relationships to demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus and His Word through integrity, serving, teamwork, and excellence. The baseball tournament and “Message from the Mound” are just two of the group’s outreach ministry events designed to equip coaches and athletes to live out their faith.

The event will feature a four-time World Series champion Darryl Strawberry. Though Darryl was extremely successful in his career, his personal life was plagued with addictions, abuse, divorces, cancer, jail-time, and other issues. Darryl and his wife Tracy, who also struggled with addiction, found true redemption and restoration in Jesus Christ and are on a mission to restore lives and relationships through the power of God and the process of change. The couple founded Strawberry Ministries and worked to share with others the hope they have found as believers.

“This generous donation made by Beasley Allen is the single largest donation made by a company in the history of FCA for the state of Alabama.”

The tournament ordinarily hosts high school baseball teams from all over the state, but this year athletes are primarily from local high schools in and around the River Region due to COVID-19 precautions. The Alabama FCA opted for an outdoor setting to conclude the tournament to avoid COVID restrictions that would limit the options and attendance of a banquet setting, which typically caps off the annual event.

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