FOCA invites everyone to national bowling, basketball tournaments – “Jersey Style!”

FOCA Basketball
2011 FOCA basketball tournament in Cleveland attracted over 500 participants!

The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] will be hosting its 73rd annual bowling tournament and national basketball tournament “Jersey Style” at the East Brunswick Hilton here Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, 2012.

Sponsored by the South River Senior and Junior “R” Clubs of Saints Peter and Paul Church, South River, NJ, the annual events are open to all Orthodox Christians, regardless of whether or not they are members of the FOCA, according to FOCA national sports director, Anthony Shultz.  The event marks the first time in FOCA history that the tournaments are being held at the same time.  In 2011, over 500 participants traveled to Cleveland, OH for the basketball tournament alone, making it the largest single youth event in the Orthodox Church in America, with most players from OCA parishes.  [See http://oca.org/news/archived/over-500-attend-annual-foca-basketball-tournament.]

In addition to an exciting weekend of bowling and basketball, Saturday evening Great Vespers and the Sunday morning Divine Liturgy will be celebrated.  His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, will preside.

Additional information, registration and medical release forms, the basketball code of conduct, and other pertinent information may be found on the FOCA’s web site.

Questions may be directed to Michael and Allison Steffaro at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 732-698-1952.

FOCA officials also recently announced that the 2012 national summer sports tournament will be held in Columbus Ohio, July 20-21, 2012.  Additional information will be posted on the FOCA and OCA web sites as it becomes available.

Founded in Pittsburgh in 1927 as the “Federated Russian Orthodox Clubs” the name change was effected in 1998 the FOCA is a national organization open to all Orthodox Christians seeking fellowship and service projects.  Throughout its history, the FOCA has been especially committed to youth ministry programs on the local, regional, and national levels.  Many parishes of the Orthodox Church in America sponsor active senior and junior chapters.