ABILENE - Members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Abilene presented Ebb Grindstaff with a very special painting after he played in the 20th Annual FCA Golf Tournament on March 31.

ABILENE - Members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Abilene presented Ebb Grindstaff with a very special painting after he played in the 20th Annual FCA Golf Tournament on March 31.

Grindstaff was presented a copy of the painting "#18 Influenced" by Arch Unruh. The original of the painting hangs in the FCA National Headquarters building in Kansas City, MO.

"I have always loved that painting," Grindstaff said. "I am so honored."

Grindstaff, 86, has had a team in the tournament for the past 20 years, and according to Steve Keenum, Multi-Area Director of Big Country FCA, the tournament raised over $15,000 to send kids and coaches to camp. During the tournament, Grindstaff sank several putts which helped his team finish second.

Keenum thanked Grindstaff for his participation and his "faithfulness."

"He has been one of the most faithful people I have ever known," Steve Keenum said. "I am grateful he is my friend and that he has supported this scholarship since this started. Ballinger is lucky to have him - Go Bearcats!"

“#18 Influence” is the most widely used photograph depicting the ministry of the FCA. It graphically portrays some of the FCA’s basic tenents – the influence of the athlete on America’s youth and the power of that positive influence.

The original photograph was taken I the late 1960s at the FCA National Conference at the Blue Ridge Assembly near Black Mountain, North Carolina.

The original watercolor, which hangs at the FCA’s National Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, was painted by Arch Unruh, a former high school football coach there.

The autographed print is presented as a token of appreciation for support of the FCA.