In its 21st year of existence and with much improvement and growth to show for those decades, Trinity Christian Academy used its fundraiser dinner and auction Saturday to celebrate its heritage while preparing for the future.
“We don’t want to rest on our laurels,” said Head of School Mike Skaggs. “We don’t want to be caught on our heels. We want to look forward to what it is God has for us.”
School faculty, parents of students, members of the community and city leaders came to the event, named “Baseball, Apple Pie & TCA: League of Our Own.” Many of the attendees came dressed in athletics wear at the casual dinner, where the TCA Eagles baseball team served them.
Texas Rangers uniforms especially were numerous as former Rangers’ catcher and six-time Gold Glove winner Jim Sundberg was the main speaker of the event.
Sundberg told stories of some memories of his baseball career, such as catching for Nolan Ryan, pinch-hitting a grand slam when he had not brought his helmet or bat, being fifth round draft pick for the Oakland Athletics as a high school senior and not knowing it and learning the signs for use while catching during a game.
But Sundberg said he counted all his baseball accomplishments for nothing if he was not also living as God wanted him to.
“All the accumulation of wealth, even if I could achieve it, is an insufficient reason for living,” Sundberg said. “When I reach the end of my days, I must look backward on more than Golden Gloves, All-Star games, world champions and records.”
Instead, Sundberg said, loving God, his family and others need to take priority. He encouraged parents to care for their children, not pressuring them or trying to live through them as his own father had done throughout his childhood and years in baseball
“Your walk talks and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks,” Sundberg said.
Sundberg shared his testimony of when he became a Christian while playing professional baseball after struggling with depression and the fear of failure and the journey that brought him to the point where he now speaks at different events. He referred to TCA as one of his favorite venues.
Attendees also got to hear a summary of the school’s history and saw a sneak peak of their future as the school continues to grow.
Skaggs said they have “no desire” to divide the school into two campuses, although at one point that seemed the only option since it was landlocked by unavailable property surrounding it. But Skaggs said new opportunities have opened recently that may allow them to buy more property adjacent to theirs.
Skaggs said one of the first projects would be an outdoor athletics facility so teams would no longer have to practice or play home games at other fields around Parker and even Tarrant County. That announcement drew cheers from the baseball players present at the dinner.
They also hope to provide a place for their fine arts programs and even more classroom space since they have already filled each one.
The fundraiser itself was held to help raise the necessary funds to update some of the classrooms’ technologies to better facilitate the students’ learning. Items such as tickets to sporting events, jewelry, bags, a cruise, a TV, a baseball and softball signed by TCA’s teams and Sundberg and even a puppy were auctioned off in a live and silent auction to raise those funds.
But even with these new goals of new growth and campus improvements, Skaggs said the school’s focus – their mission from God – has not changed, and that is to equip their students, not just academically but spiritually to be leaders.
“Academics, athletics, creative arts – as fun as they may be – even beautiful facilities, these fall well behind our reason for existing as a school,” Skaggs said. “We are really about something much much more important.”