Hear the Lion Roar

SAGU Grad Zak Martinez Paving the Way

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  There he was, right up there with the big boys! It was June 4, Mascot Night at American Airlines Center. A large crowd had gathered to cheer on the Dallas Vigilantes for a game in the Arena Football League.

At halftime a local team of seven and eight year olds, the Frisco Fury, took to the field.
Their opponents were huge!  Imposing characters, most with enormous heads, like so many animated bobble-heads. Mascots for area colleges and corporate sponsors had joined their heads, so to speak, to take on the young Frisco gridders.

What fun they had, much to the delight of the audience.

Mixing it up with the best of them was Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s very own Lion of Judah! Full of vim, vigor and vivacity, the Lion also sported a SAGU Lions football jersey.

The SAGU Lion was definitely in his element, adding color and spirit to the festivities.

He was joined on the turf by a cast of characters, including: Southern Methodist University’s Mustang mascot “Peruna,” as well as “Scrappy,” the Eagle from the University of North Texas.

Then there was “Champ” (horse) and “Rascal” (raccoon), who are the official mascots of the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Vigilantes teams. Plus, the Allen Americans (Dallas Stars farm team), who play pro hockey in the Central Hockey League, had a pair of reps in “Biscuit” and “Morph Man” (red, full-bodied leotard).

Corporate critters included Chuck E. Cheese, Aaron’s Rentals’ “Lucky Dog,” and the Texas Roadhouse Armadillo.

The Vigilantes have many creative ideas for building their fan base including special community events like Faith and Family Night. The Director of New Business Development for the team is Zak Martinez, 24, a SAGU graduate.

Spotlight on SAGU’s Sports Management program

Martinez has sung the praises of his degree in Business and Sports Management. He was the first student at Southwestern to start and finish the program in four years.

While at SAGU Martinez played football for the Lions, at running back and as a kick returner. During his senior year on campus he experienced a spiritual renewal in which he says “God turned my life around for the Lord.” It led to many open doors following graduation.

Together, the Lord and the Sports Management program really prepared me for life after college,” he said last week.

Partnering with the Community

Martinez spoke passionately about his work with the Vigilantes, a team that began after the Dallas Desperados ceased operations. “I thank God for what he’s done, and for this opportunity with a business I believe in,” he said.

The Vigilantes, in their second season of existence, are owned by Woody C. Kern. The head coach, Clint Dolezel, is a friend and associate of Jaroy Carpenter, SAGU Director of Sports Medicine.

New Year, New Lion of Judah

Beverly Robinson, the Director of Career Services at Southwestern and former Head Cheer Coach for eight years, announced that SAGU’s new Lion of Judah for the 2011-12 school year has been determined. Jacqueline Rose, an incoming freshman, will serve in fur and spirit at games and events! She has plenty of experience as she previously was a mascot at Life School in Waxahachie.

An official announcement is forthcoming about the new Cheer Coach.