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Over 60 lead at Weekend of Champions

Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter thrives

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The ongoing partnership between the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Southwestern Assemblies of God University is as strong as ever.

Each spring they team-up with other regional FCA chapters from colleges to staff two separate Weekend of Champions retreats in East Texas.

In fact, a year ago SAGU had more of its athletes involved than any other college in the nation. Eighty male and female student-athletes from Southwestern served during the W.O.C. in 2012, setting the mark for the largest representation ever.

The retreats are held at Sky Ranch in Van, Texas, 95 miles east of Dallas.

It is a large scale outreach with crowds ranging from 500 to one-thousand, focusing on middle school athletes.

The Weekend of Champions provides an opportunity for JrHi’ers to learn about discipleship and spiritual growth, but during the event will participate in physical competitions.

Anywhere from 75 to 120 college athletes come to serve at Champion weekends, teaching young teens in small groups, called huddles. This year’s sports theme focused on encouraging and equipping young athletes to get “In the Zone.”

In each of the past few years, SAGU’s FCA chapter has followed the energy and leadership of Michael Hendon and Caitlyn Hudson.

The two seniors have strong Assembly of God backgrounds.

Hendon, who grew up in Abilene, recently held a part-time youth pastor role at an A/G church. He currently calls New Day Church his home. It is located in Southlake, Texas, where Ricky Franklin is the pastor.

Hendon was a starting offensive lineman on the SAGU football team.

Hudson hails from Life Fellowship Church in Kennedale, southwest of Arlington near highway 287.. Danny Robinson and his wife Beverly, who serve as pastors, are both SAGU alums.

A volleyball player at SAGU, Hudson was a four year starter.

Hendon described this year’s outreach as “an incredible set of weekends,” with over 60 SAGU athletes contributing as staff members.

At the 2013 SAGU Athletic Honors ceremony last week, it was announced that Emily Jones has been elected as SAGU’s new Student FCA Director.

Jones is a two-year player on the SAGU Lady Lions soccer team. She is from Flagstaff, Arizona.

SAGU's FCA Leadership Team

A second leadership position hasn’t been determined.

Jaroy Carpenter, the Head Athletic Trainer at SAGU, fuels the FCA chapter on campus. He also spearheads outreaches on weekends throughout the year, featuring athletes ministering in churches.

He also coordinates Game Day challenges, a high-energy program of interactive contests – complete with life lessons, at elementary, middle school and senior high schools.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is recognized worldwide and has a dynamic impact on campuses. For more information on the FCA, visit this web site:

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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