NACA held 200 games across Rhea County

Fort Bluff Camp, Dayton, TN - Opposing volleyball teams from around the country take a moment for prayer before tip-off at the 2014 NACA Volleyball Championships. (photo: Rhea Review)

Soccer and Volleyball Champions crowned at the 35th NACA Championships last week at Fort Bluff Camp

On October 29-31, Fort Bluff Camp/NACA held the 35th NACA Championships, as it hosted the Soccer and Volleyball National Tournament. 65 teams ascended on Dayton Mountain and Rhea County, bringing with them close to 1500 coaches, athletes, and parents.  Fort Bluff Camp had 1138 registered athletes/coaches who took part in over 200 games played in the 3 day span.  The 25 soccer teams played their games all at the camp, while 40 volleyball teams played in 9 different gymnasiums throughout the county.  Fifteen states were represented in this year’s tournaments, with some coming from as far away as New York City and Wichita, Kansas.

On Wednesday and Thursday night all gathered in the Fort Bluff Gymnasium to hear great challenges by Roger Wood and John Zeller.  Roger is the former chaplain of the Tennessee Vols and is a dynamic speaker.  John Zeller is the President of SCORE International and the Spring Training chaplain for the New York Yankees. Both gave strong challenges to those in attendance.

The following teams left NACA and Rhea County as the 2014 NACA National Tournament Champions:


DIVISION I – Calumet Christian Academy – Griffith, IN

DIVISION II – Hearts for Jesus Academy – New Olmstead, Ohio

DISVISION III – Forest Lake Academy – Co-Champs – Apopka, FL
– Victory Christian Academy – Co-Champs – Valparaiso, IN

DIVISION IV – Grace Christian School (FL) – Brandon, FL


DIVISION I – Hickory Christian Academy – Hickory, NC

DIVISION II – Veritas Christian Academy – Fletcher, NC

DIVISION III – New Covenant School – Lynchburg, VA

This year’s tournament was the largest in the 35 year history of the NACA.  We appreciate the support from the schools and businesses in Rhea County that helped make this happen.  The NACA couldn’t do what they do with that support.

NACA Tradition

naca-ft-bluffSince 1980, the National Association of Christian Athletes has been in existence to provide excellent national tournaments in order to have an opportunity to share the Gospel with student athletes and to encourage them in their walk with God.  At each and every NACA Sports tournament we have youth rallies where Christian speakers from the world of sports open the Word.  Today we host over 3,000 participants annually in eight sports.  At the NACA, we are “Pursing the Ultimate Prize.”

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Keith began his ministry at Fort Bluff Camp in July of 2012. He serves as the Assistant Camp Director after 40 years of coaching basketball. Keith has been inducted into the NCCAA Hall of Fame. Originally from Delton, Michigan, he has been in Christian ministry since 1978. His wife Judy is on staff at Fort Bluff as well.


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