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June 3, 2019 | Blake Cochran

The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) as the 2018-19 recipient of the Sports Ministries Award . The purpose of the Sports Ministries Award is to recognize NCCAA institutions having significant spiritual outreach through the utilization of athletic ministries. SAGU Director of Athletics, Dr. Jesse Godding , received the award on behalf of SAGU at the annual convention of the NCCAA.

“This award is a testament to the determination of our athletic personnel to be a part of the mission of SAGU. It is necessary for a coach to teach strategy and technical skills to players to be ready for the field of competition. At SAGU, the coach is also responsible to take student-athletes beyond the fields and courts to experience servanthood. God has blessed SAGU with a group of head coaches who are intentional about the spiritual formation of student-athletes. I am humbled to work with them” stated Godding.

Over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, SAGU teams, as well as coaching staff, were involved in missions trips and local continued support of the surrounding communities. SAGU student-athletes served missionaries, police officers, firefighters, nursing homes, elementary schools, the Salvation Army Boy & Girls Club, Operation Christmas Child, the YMCA, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization . SAGU student-athletes also participate in a unique ministry headed by former SAGU athletic trainer Jaroy Carpenter entitled SAGU GameDay Outreach. GameDay Outreach utilizes student-athletes from multiple sports to run school assemblies and impact students from elementary to senior high.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at

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