Holding athletic training camps by that same name for kids from Crowley, Burleson, Joshua and beyond each Saturday at Bicentennial Park, Davis says his camp is about more than physical fitness.
"Fit for the Calling is about helping kids find that special calling God has for their life," Davis, a top conditioned athlete, said of wanting to train up successful, Godly young men and women. "We meet kids where they are by helping them get physically fit for sports, but we've added the bonus of leadership and spiritual development so they go beyond athletics to being ready for whatever God has planned for them."
A plan Davis himself was unsure of just nine years ago.
A successful athlete and good student at Westside High School in Newport News, Virg., Davis earned a scholarship to the University of Delaware to play football for the Fightin' Blue Hens. Earning many All-Atlantic Conference awards as a linebacker and hoping to take his skills to the next level, Davis went undrafted in the 2005 NFL draft.
"I was a free agent, and I worked hard to get picked up by the New York Jets," he said. "I had never gotten hurt in my whole athletic career. I was always the healthiest person on the team."
Davis showed his coaches he was worth a look by intercepting a pass in the first preseason game. Starting on special teams in the Jets second preseason game, Davis saw the beginning of God's plan for his life.
"We were playing the Vikings and I was on the kickoff team. On the first play of the game, I tore my ACL," he said of the beginning of the end to his NFL career. "I had no plan for my life outside of football. I was so blind to reality. It took another three years to recover and come to terms with the depression I was in. I wanted to give up and quit."
But Davis said he had Christ, a bachelor's and a master's degree. Putting those things together, he found the jagged scar on his knee was actually a blessing leading him to his true destination.
"The picture became clear. Football had its place. It was a small gift on the journey," he said. "God has called me to be a pastor – that's my life's work – ministry. Fit for the Calling is a business – a tool – to reach the unreached that would never go into a church."
A graduate of Rhema Bible Training College in Tulsa, Okla., Davis attends Gateway Church where he is an equipped teacher and leader. Along with wife, Lisa, an RN, and his brothers in Christ, Tony Reese and Jabin Ferrer, both collegiate athletes, top scholars and ordained pastors, Davis has stepped out in faith to bring this new ministry to the lost.
"My calling is to help young men in the area of leadership," said Reese, who, during testimony time admitted that when he was younger, he wanted to "be like Mike. Now I want to be like Christ." Reese, a Gates Millennium Scholar who played basketball at North Carolina A&T and is now a successful businessman, wants to help Davis pour Godly principles into the kids attending Davis' camps.
Ferrer, "the coolest nerd on the planet," is also at Davis' side. Playing football at the University of Delaware after Davis graduated, Ferrer, said Davis, "is smart, successful and a man of integrity. He's a highly successful financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, has an MBA, and man, this dude is a geek! He is a great father and husband and has a message of hard work and goal setting to share with the kids."
Lisa, Davis' wife of seven years, is an RN with a degree in exercise physiology. Sharing Davis' passion for health and wellness, as well as ministry, she's jumped into FFTC with both eyes, and a willing heart, open.
"We were going to launch [FFTC] in January of 2015, but a friend of ours, who is also in ministry, asked us what we were waiting for," said Lisa, who took the challenge and helped her husband hold his first camp July 12 in Crowley.
"We are filled with joy," said Davis of the steadily growing numbers in the pilot session of FFTC. "We stepped out and did it. Many people don't do anything because of fear. I feel like God is pleased because we showed our faith and obedience."
Kids attending FFTC can look forward to a good workout, healthy lifestyle advice, leadership and academic training, and wisdom for living from God's Word from Davis, Ferrer, Reese and others Davis will be bringing in to mentor participants.
"It should be fun, challenging, exciting and life changing," said Davis.
The camps are on Saturdays with 5-13-year-olds from 8-9 a.m., and 14-18-year-olds from 10-11 a.m. in Crowley's Bicentennial Park. Students 18 and under are welcome to participate, with no child being turned away. For more information, go to www.mondoedavis.com or call 817-983-1111.