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Waxahachie, TX

December 7, 2020 | Davyon Collins


Off of the field, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Football team has taken control of their own narrative. Ryan Smith, Head Football Coach, has prioritized creating a safe environment where his players can thrive. Due to the unique challenges our community and the world is facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lions formed an initiative/prayer schedule during the semester. On Fridays, the Lions prayed in what they call “Cords of Three”, where they pray in groups of three based on Ecclesiastes 4:12.

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." - Ecclesiastes 4:12

With guidance from leaders like Jaylan Moss, the team decided that in alignment with who they are as a program they would stand in #CordsOf3 during the national anthem. Also, this fall, the Football program brought in three speakers to discuss social injustice issues. Drew Castillo, Robert E. Purvey and Rev JE Haynes Jr. all stopped by to give our players some knowledge and motivation. In this time, the program is looking to seize the moment and take control of their own narrative. Their goal is to stand in unity of social injustice and give a visual representation of a united stance!


As a leading Christian university, SAGU educates and prepares individuals who want to serve Christ and others. SAGU helps students discover and develop their God-given callings in a Spirit-empowered, learning community.

We believe in affordable tuition, made possible in part through the financial support of donors who embrace the mission of SAGU and the importance of affordable, accredited programs to train Christians for leadership in ministry, business, education, and service.

Most majors are available in-person in Waxahachie, TX, and online through a wide range of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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