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We thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for his work on the cross, give thanks to God for giving us this incredible week of Football and Fellowship. We thank our opponents and wish them blessings for the rest of their seasons.
We thank everyone who made it out to the TACA Fundraising meeting on Friday evening.
It's time to fill up the tank from our Fundraising efforts and thanks to everyone who serves our God by serving these young men.
STORM UPDATE-Young men, please communicate this to your parents immediately.
Practice will be in RICHARDSON on Monday, Game against Lake Country on Tuesday, ,Film night will be WEDNESDAY at TACA HQ, PRACTICE is in RICHARDSON on THURSDAY.
GET YOUR HOMEWORK COMPLETED, and GET TO PRACTICE. ATHLETES ARE TO CALL COACHES , NOT PARENTS.
PRACTICE WEDNESDAY/FILMS?CONDITIONING begins at 6:00PM SHARP= JV Films will begin at 6:45 and ends at 8:00. JV will work outside while MS is watching film. Both squads end their practice at 8:00PM.
Please be prepared with cleats, T-shirts, & shorts and re-fillable water bottles.
Please arrive a few minutes early. Parents are encouraged to stay, review, and encourage the team. Please allow the Coaches to do the coaching. This will be the schedule for the rest of the season with the possible exception of the Monday preceding the Lake Country Christian game.
Films are the foundation for these young men to get better. If a player misses films there's little chance he'll get better that week. Some are visual learners, some just need to see it to believe it. In any case our objective is never to embarrass a player in any way. The desired outcome is that players will see what they did both right and wrong and commit to making the needed efforts and adjustments.
PLEASE DO NOT MISS A PRACTICE OVER AN ISSUE WITH A RIDE! We have cheerful servants very willing to assist in ride shares and our season is short and our players need the work.
I have a very special prayer request for one of my closest, dearest friends, his name is Billy Hopkins.
I have known Billy for more than twenty years. It was with Bill Hopkins in South Padre Island twenty-one years ago that I met my wife Cindy.
When Coach Wallace and I began our football journey together almost six years ago it was Bill Hopkins who faithfully videotaped every game along with a dozen other tasks every week. He was the guy in the backdrop that kept everything running. Billy became a devout believer and servant of Jesus Christ several years back. He is a brother to me and an uncle to my children. As much as I love Football, it was easy to put things in perspective when I received this right before MS began.
In June, Billy was having discomfort when he was swallowing/eating. He was complaining there was something wrong with his tongue. After several weeks of pain and multiple doctor's visits they discovered invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Essentially, it is a cancerous tumor under his tongue.
Bill cannot speak right now, so we exchange emails to keep each other posted. I have included the exchange below to give everyone the real picture. I feel compelled to ask all of you to pray to our Lord and Savior for Billy's healing. Our prayer is for nothing short of a complete eradication of his cancer, and comfort through this process.
We know that Isaiah 53:5 tells us "but he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, The punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed".
Billy has a sister and a mom who have both struggled with and beaten cancer. With God's grace and mercy he can do the same.
We know from scripture that fervent prayer can change the mind of God.
"Let us pray fervently knowing that God hears the prayers of the righteous" Proverbs 15:9
"The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" James 5:16
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Subject: How are you ?
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:03:05 AM
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Just wanted to know how you're doing? Are you up for visitors ?
What's the next step? Is the chemo shrinking the tumor ?
Please bring me up to speed when you're up to it. I can come to Houston Thursday late if you're up to it?
We've got you covered in prayer!
On Sep 18, 2014, at 4:16 PM, will hopkins <email@example.com> wrote:
Hey Jim good to hear from you.
Without me sounding like I am complaining there are 100 different problems
that come along with this cancer. I have been in the hospital
for a week now and probably will be here for 2 more days.
I am done with my first round of chemo and the swelling and
the tumor noticeably shrank but I did vomit violently. The tumor
has been pulling my tongue down against my teeth which causes
incredible pain. I went 7 days without eating anything. The had
to go in and put a little tube in my stomach for feeding until I can
eat again. That in itself was a whole procedure. I had to lay here
for 3 days with a tube up my nose and down to my stomach.
Now that is done they are trying to get my pain under control so I eventually
can go home. Another nightmare is I am going to have all my teeth pulled
before they start the radiation. I guess I will have all new teeth but it
sounds like a horror film getting that done to oneself. I have I think 5 rounds
of chemo in all. Which means I have 4 rounds left with 3 weeks in between
each chemo. The last two rounds involves radiation which I hear is no fun.
Besides that I am doing fine. I really can't see visitors yet.
My mom and brother are looking after me. My brother came down to look after my sister as well.
Thanks for all your prayers and tell your family hi for me.
Please feel free to email Bill any message of encouragement. I am asking the STORM family to include Bill Hopkins and his sister Bonnie (whose cancer is back) in all of your prayers.
Here is a great link concerning examples of when the will of God was changed by our prayers.
Wednesday Worship every week @ 7:30:
Please consider joining Mauricio Lostra while he helps our young men tackle some of the more difficult subjects that they will face in today's world. Practices will end at 7:30 on Wednesday's to join together in prayer and learn what God has to say about some of the areas our young men face. We know Jesus had to leave Galilee to start his ministry. Sometimes our young men need to hear exactly what it is you are trying to instill in them from a new source.
I love the traditional "Youth Services" at Churches one night a week that many of our kids have gone to since they were young. The difference for these next six weeks is that at the field, nobody has the cover they have at their home churches. It's a chance for our young men to see and experience God's word with their Brothers in Christ when their "Guard is down".
We're going to tackle a few tough subjects, but that's the whole idea of our Sport's Ministry. We want to play a small role in helping older boys become the young men God wants them to become.
If you're already part of a youth group, please consider giving this a chance from now until Halloween. We think it'll benefit these young men in a big way.
"A team where home-schooled and private schooled young men can learn and play the game of football!"
Are you interested in creating a team under the TACA banner?
Please read "Principles of Fielding a TACA Team".
Five Great Reasons to Play Football @ TACA
1. Christ. We’re Christ- centered. However, just as Christ did, we would welcome anyone. Like Jesus with the Samaritan woman, we would seek to eliminate barriers and want everyone to know they’re special in the eyes of God. All we ask is for those not ready to join us in prayer, to be respectful at our times of worship.
2. Coaches. We are blessed with fantastic, teaching Coaches. These men are parents themselves, and mature family men that go to great lengths to teach from experience our young men about life lessons, and the game of Football. They have played the game at all levels, from the NFL down. A couple of our Coaches have children currently in college athletics. Speak to other TACA parents about what impacts these men have had in their son’s lives. Our Coaches are recognized and connected in the collegiate Football community. If the opportunity presents itself to help move athletes to the next level, they will do whatever they can to help your son move to the next level. Just one of our Coaches along with his two brothers received complete scholarships to Duke, The Naval Academy, and University of Virginia.
3. Course. We believe what James Dobson said from “Focus on the Family”. Our ONLY job as a parent is to work ourselves out of a job. We will treat your son’s as young men, not boys. Our desire is to help you-help them with their focus on worship, their interactions with their family, and their studies. When conflicts arise your son will approach his teammate or Coach face to face and seek a faith driven resolution.
4. Cost. Why would you want to buy a pile of equipment that won’t fit your son this time next year? Why spend $700-800.00 in registration fees? Our approach is simple. Our equipment is leased out free of charge and our registration fee is only $100.00! Our young men participate in a raffle ticket sale to raise about half of what’s needed, and we raise the rest in cooperative programs in the business community. Part of our job as parents is to make certain our young men are financially independent and responsible. For these lessons to take root, they cannot begin when they have finished high-school. Mom and Dad can’t always be the answer to their financial issues.
5. Competition. We’re good at the game of Football! We won’t always be a 9-0 team, but we’ll win games by being better conditioned, better coached, and better at understanding the game from every position possible. Whether we win or lose a Football game, we'll try to do it with humility and sportsmanship.
TACA FOOTBALL RETURNS AFTER A 9-0 SEASON!
ANNOUNCING ELEVEN MAN FOOTBALL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL & JV TEAMS FOR 2014
The "nuts and bolts" of TACA football - MS and JV teams forming for the 2014 season!
• We are a Christ Centered group organized to use athletics as an opportunity to spread the Gospel of Jesus.
• We are coached by a group of believers such as: former Pro Jason Wallace, Greig Altieri, John Connor, Curtis Tucker, and Jim Rooney.
• We are a competitive team that intentionally keeps our roster small so every player receives training and development at their skill level. We will coach each player where they are today and help them develop as athletes, young men, and warriors for their faith.
Who is eligible? Home-schooled or Private- schooled young men in 7th - 11th grade. Players cannot be 18 or an academic senior on September 1st 2014. Players will be on either the Middle School or Junior Varsity roster for the 2014 season. In 2015 TACA will join Varsity play.
Practice and Location Times: Our practice field is in Richardson. Location is:
Science, Technology and Engineering Magnet School Field 450 Abrams Road Richardson, TX 75081
between 6-8:00PM and focus on teamwork and conditioning.
Practice will begin with five days a week for three weeks of conditioning and fundamentals from 6:00PM to 8:00PM August 4th-22th Monday through Friday. After the initial three weeks, a typical week will be a film night in Carrollton on the Monday following the game, three days of practice in Richardson and a game on Fridays. Our first game will be the week ending August 29th or 30th. Our final game should end around Halloween. We have nine games currently scheduled.
Registration Fee: Our registration is sponsored, so the cost per player is only $100.00 for the season. Athletes will be required to participate in a fund raiser.
Equipment: All equipment (shoulder pads, uniforms, helmets) is top quality and owned by TACA. We lease this gear at "Zero-Net-Cost" to each player. A deposit check of $300 is required to secure the lease and will be returned when the equipment is checked in at the end of the season. Parents must provide a cup, cleats and mouthpiece. Additional safety gear (body armor, arm pads, horse collars, etc.) is not mandatory and would be purchased at the parent's discretion and cost.
Questions: Turk Akturk (Director of Athletic Development) 214-675-8740 or James Rooney @ 972 900 0176. You can view and print player/parent forms by clicking the FOOTBALL menu item at the top of this page.
A deposit check of $300 is required to secure the equipment lease. TACA will not deposit or cash these checks unless the equipment is not returned at the end of the season. Our desire is lower or eliminate as many "Barriers of entry" as possible.