Name: Allison Copeland
School: Perquimans High School
Church: Hertford United Methodist Church
Sports Involvement: Volleyball and Softball
FCA involvement: Student Leader
Favorite Food: Chicken
Athlete You Admire: Gabrielle Reese
Coach That Has Meant A Lot To You: Both Kristie Thach and Ricky Stallings
Favorite FCA Memory: "My favorite FCA memory would probably be going to Black Mountain this summer for Leadership Camp. It was amazing!"
Favorite Bible Verse - Matthew 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (NIV)
Favorite Team: UNC
Advice You'd Give to Upcoming Athletes: "
First: God has given you a gift. The gift of athletic ability, no matter how big or small. He has also provided you with the opportunity to use that gift of athletic ability to be able to participate in your sport. Don't take those gifts lightly. He has also given you all the tools you need to be successful. It's your choice to put those gifts to work. Don’t let God down! Always give 100% and play from your heart ALL the time and always remember to thank God for the ability and the opportunity.
Second: Play in the present.. Most coaches stress this but most athletes ignore it or don’t understand what it means. It's impossible to rewind a game and go back to a previous play. Let’s say you made a mistake earlier in the game. You just have to move on and let that mistake go. When you focus on thee negatives in the past, you’re stuck in that negative mind-set that can prevent you from moving on and performing to your maximum potential. This is true not just in sports, but in life as well. Live in the present - every second of every minute of every hour and play in the present- every second of every minute of every game. Use your God-given talents and do your absolute best one play at a time and remember to always give God all the Glory.
Finally: Things may not always go the way YOU plan. We all experience success and failure. Take every experience and every event as a blessing and use it. We all have ups and downs. Even Michael Jordan was once cut from a team. That was God’s plan for him. He never gave up and he never dwelt in the past. Instead, he worked harder and moved on. Look where he is today. Take every storm and trial that comes your way and know that it’s just part of God’s overall plan for you.
So remember to use those gifts that God granted you. Remember to play and live with all your heart all the time. Don’t dwell on the past and do be prepared for the unexpected. Most importantly, give God all the glory- all the time."
Advice You'd Give about FCA Involvement: "FCA is a place we can gather with one goal and one purpose- spreading the word of Jesus Christ throughout our school and ultimately affecting our communities. It’s a place you can go and a group of kids, just like you, that will support you and share the love of Jesus with you.
FCA is one of the best decisions you can make. I have experienced this first hand. I tore my ACL in September after a bad landing during warm-ups before a volleyball game. I went to the doctor the next morning which was the morning of “See You At the Pole.” As I was leaving the doctor’s office, I checked my phone and was blown away by so many people texting and telling me they were praying for me and that they had prayed for me that morning. It was so uplifting!
I had surgery in November and that morning, the FCA met in the gym at school and prayed for me! I am now on the road to recovery and am exceeding my recovery goals. I have started running on the elliptical- just four and a half weeks out of surgery. Being in FCA has helped my recovery process and has helped me push myself.
At times when I got down, my involvement in FCA has helped me to remember that God is in control and has an incredible plan for me. Without FCA, it would have been hard to look at the bigger picture. Now I look, instead, at that bad landing and see it as the blessing it was- as a way to show to others that if you have faith- and keep your faith- Christ can help you overcome anything!
Being a part of FCA has helped me and that’s something I will keep forever. Being a member of FCA isn’t like just joining any old club. It is becoming a part of a family- all brothers and sisters in Christ."