On July 19th, more than 300 local high school football players converged on Ridgedale’s campus all clad in their team jerseys. The hungry young grid-iron warriors enjoyed a barbeque dinner with all the fixin’s in the gym before going to the worship center for the evening’s activities. The sanctuary was a multicolored mosaic of energized young men and their coaches. Some notable local coaches kicked off the evening with testimonies and encouragement to the young men to live for Christ. Evangelist Buddy Norton concluded the evening with a presentation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. All said, 130 young men and one coach made a move to publicly follow Jesus. Some made a renewed commitment to live for Jesus on their campus. Some wanted to know more about what it means to follow Jesus. And almost 20 said they were taking their first step to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. After the service, Ridgedale student minister, Ryan McBride and Chattanooga FCA director, Jay Fowler sprang into action to make sure these young men had opportunities to be mentored and grow in their faith. Ridgedale senior pastor, Doug Plumlee said Ridgedale was pleased to host the Banquet for area footballers and plans to host again next year on Sunday, July 24.