Going outside of themselves

SAGU athletes make an impact year ‘round

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In a day and age when those in the entertainment industry, ranging from music to television to the world of sports, are consumed with themselves, it is refreshing when some are found to be serving the needs of others instead.

At Southwestern Assemblies of God University, it is not only common, it’s almost expected!

SAGU enjoys an outstanding fusion of the internationally respected Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization - with a thriving chapter on campus, and Solid Rock Resources. The partnership is fueled by the vision, energy and leadership of Jaroy Carpenter. The former veteran youth pastor has been Southwestern’s head athletic trainer and Director of Sports Medicine for seven years.

Supplying the venue and the verve

We have a great cast of students here at Southwestern who want to make their life count for God,” Carpenter said in April. “Their faith in the Lord compels them to reach out, to serve and touch people where they live. My role is to provide opportunities for them to express their faith.”

There is something dynamic about athletes and teamwork,” he continued. “We supply the venue and they supply the verve!”

The union of FCA, SRR and SAGU is known simply as Athletes Outreach. They continue to be involved in a myriad of opportunities throughout the school year, with a host of athletes also serving in stateside and international projects during the summer months.

Not only do they minister in churches, school assemblies, retreats and camps, but they help bolster FCA Huddles in Texas and beyond.

Game Day Challenge

A popular program that many have been involved with is the GAME DAY CHALLENGE. It is an interactive event at elementary and secondary schools. SAGU student-athletes direct a host of interactive fun, large group games, each with a moral lesson; a series of high-energy, recreational object lessons.

At each venue the athletes have a prime occasion to promote the college across the country.

On the SAGU campus, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes have monthly meetings and have been a resource for local Junior High and Senior High FCA Huddles, youth groups and camps.

Meshing faith, competition and life

Southwestern has an active athletic program that competes intercollegiately in football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. There are four sports for both men and women. Plus, the SAGU Cheer Team also participates alongside athletes in these happenings.

It is a special opportunity for student-athletes to be on the frontlines,” Carpenter said recently. “Every time they are placed in settings where they can be part of something bigger than themselves.

What is so encouraging is to see them learn the rewards of giving, serving and reaching out,” he added.

Camp Padre

Carpenter helps direct summer camps during June and July, including his own Camp Padre, which involves a number of SAGU students. Held on South Padre Island, Texas, 500 miles south of Dallas, it is an annual activity where fun and sun meet spiritual challenges and direction for teenagers.

Solid Rock Resources, an extension of Carpenter’s passion for instilling hope and spiritual renewal, also leads missions trips and crusades in Mexico.

Here is a list of some of the settings the Athletes Outreach has participated this school year:

DATE LOCATION/EVENT TEAMS PARTICIPATING
Aug 16-17 Fall Camp Athletic Chapel Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheer
Aug 22 Football Chapel, Lakeview Camp Football
Sept 12 Life Church A/G, Keller, TX Football
Oct 3 Grand A/G, Chickasha, OK Football
Oct 6-7 Fellowship Academy Retreat, Mansfield, TX Football
Oct 10 First Assembly, Muskogee, OK Football
Oct 13 FCA Fields of Faith, Waxahachie, TX All Athletes
Oct 19 Central Assembly, Enid, OK Football
Oct 19 First Assembly, Enid, OK Football
Oct 24 Christian Life Assembly, Lubbock, TX Football
Oct 24 SAGU FCA Meeting All Athletes
Oct 31 First Assembly, Stephenville, TX Football
Nov 7 Cornerstone Assembly, Rowlett, TX Football
Nov 21 SAGU FCA Meeting All Athletes
Jan 23 SAGU FCA Meeting All Athletes
Feb 6 SAGU FCA Meeting All Athletes
Feb 18-20 Dallas FCA Weekend of Champions All Athletes
Feb 25-27 Dallas FCA Weekend of Champions All Athletes
March 27 SAGU FCA Volleyball Tourney All Athletes
April 17 SAGU FCA Meeting All Athletes
May 4 Game Day, Jacksboro HS, 5th Gr All Athletes
May 5 Game Day, Jacksboro Jr High All Athletes
May 11 Game Day, Poolville HS & JH All Athletes
May 12 Game Day, Paradise HS & JH All Athletes
TBA Game Day, Peaster HS & JH All Athletes
TBA GAme Day, Petrolia HS & JH All Athletes
TBA Game Day, Bowie HS, JH, Int. All Athletes
TBA Waxahachie HS FCA Game Nite All Athletes
TBA Game Day, Wedgeworth Elem., Waxahachie All Athletes

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.