Andover’s Eli Fahnestock – Athlete of the Month Presented by Shelter Insurance

Eli Fahnestock is a junior at Andover High School. He is a multi-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball. Fahnestock says that the community atmosphere is what he enjoys most about his high school.  “I enjoy the close relationships I build with those around me, similar to the family culture surrounding our school,” he said. 

For Fahnestock, picking up multiple sports was a natural step. “The potential opportunities present made me interested in playing and continuing to play, using the God-given abilities I have been blessed with,” he said.

Fahnestock is also a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He chose to get involved with FCA in order to share his faith and be a positive influence. “In terms of my leadership position for our FCA group, the desire to share my faith and spread the Word of God throughout our school and community drove me to do what I am currently doing,” he said. 

It is his faith that also motivates him to be the best he can on and off the field. “The understanding that God has a purpose for my life and because of that, I should do the absolute best I can no matter what situation I am confronted with,” said Fahnestock of what drives him.

Fahnestock says that parents have also been great examples for him in many different ways. “My parents show me every day in a multitude of ways how to handle real-life situations, face adversity, and most importantly live for Christ,” he said.

Of all the great experiences being an athlete has given Fahnestock, he says there is no single highlight, but a collection of moments over time. He also notes that the friendships he has built with his teammates are essential to his time as a high school athlete.

“A collection of memories of day to day life throughout my athletic career that not everyone may see, notice, or think to be impactful that have really made a difference and formed a brotherly bond between me and my teammates, whether it be football, basketball, or baseball,” he said.

After high school Fahnestock plans to continue playing football, baseball, or both on a collegiate level. He is interested in studying physical therapy, exercise science, sports management, or business. 

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