Bill Buckley guest speaker at Rotary Club of Jackson

Monday, April 9, 2018


Rotary president Brooks Buchanan was very pleased to induct new member Ms. Jamie Himes, Executive Director of the Southern Christian Services for Children & Youth, into the Rotary Club of Jackson.  She was introduced by Rob Salley of the Sunnybrook Children’s Home. She was warmly welcomed.

Ben Allen, executive director of Downtown Jackson Partners, introduced Bill Buckley, State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, who was his fraternity little brother at Mississippi State University. Buckley is a football alum and standout wide receiver who was the first inductee of the 2017 MSU Sports Hall of Fame.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes wants to find the beauty, the greatness and the gold in people. A native of Starkville, Buckley played for the high school Yellow Jackets team and earlier on the Fire Ants team. In the seventh grace his coach made him an offensive guard, telling him he was crow bait.  Unfortunately, that marked him for life.  His main goal after that was to prove he wasn’t crow bait.  He, like 75 percent of those he went to school with, came out of poverty.  He had a poverty mind and a nick name of crow bait.  He later played with the Jets, but by then had a drug habit.  When he was cut, he started hanging sheetrock.  He and his wife moved to the country and his wife started going to church.  Her pastor visited and told him he could be “remarkable.”  He burnt all of his drugs and paraphernalia and became a Christian.   

He said thousands of kids believe something negative they’ve been told in their past that is not true.  The FCA serves athletes and those that support them on all levels in school. They have character coaches and other staff who strive to let these athletes know they are remarkable.

The FCA is having its 31st annual Bill Buckner luncheon on Friday, April 27.  Darryl Strawberry, an ordained Christian minister and former Jackson Mets player, is the featured speaker.  For more information, go to