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Campbellsville continues to embrace service opportunities
MASON, Ohio (Campbellsville University) - Campbellsville's Tigers baseball team began their morning on May 14 with a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) required service project. Required or not, service is nothing new to the team. From a Valentine's Day dance with the elderly to filling shoeboxes for in-need children around the world, CU athelets are willing to lend a helping hand.
One such act of service was on May 9 when the athletes decided to create their own opportunity to give back.
While participating in the NCCAA Mid-East Regional Tournament at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, senior Drew Pettit became aware of a woman working the concession stand who had slipped and broken her ankle. After meeting her along with her granddaughters the previous day, he along with the rest of the team began inquiring about the situation to Sanders.
In talking with Mark Elliot, athletic director at Trevecca, Sanders learned that the woman is a recovering alcoholic, sober for 11 years now. Homeless, she came into contact with TNU through a ministry on the campus church and ended up enrolling in a degree completion program at the university.
Moved with compassion for the woman's trials and strength, Pettit decided to do something to help.
"He asked me if we could get her a card and I responded, 'Absolutely, that is a great idea.' So we got her a candle and a get well card the whole team signed," Sanders recounted. "The great thing about it is, that I didn't ask the team to do this. This was a player who had the initiative to suggest it himself. That is what I want the guys to gain from the service opportunities we have."
Pettit relayed the gift to Elliot to take to the woman.
"I met her and her granddaughters the day before and they were sweethearts," Pettit saud. "I just wanted to do something that picked up her sprits and put a smile on her face."
In mid-May regional in one service project, the team partnered with Matthew 25 Ministries out of Blu Ash, Ohio -- an international humanitarian and disaster relief organization dedicated to helping the poor locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
According to Sanders, the team unloaded crates and moved pallets of hats, slippers, scarves, shoes and umbrellas to be ready to be shipped around the world to those in need.
The team also was able to take a tour of the building in order to learn about the work of the organization. While touring, they saw replicas of what living conditions are like around the world in impoverished places.
"We found out that every volunteer that works one hour impacts 200 people," Sanders said. "To put that in perspective, we have 23 players so we helped 4,600 people today. Just giving a little bit of physical labor and time makes a huge difference. We certainly made a positive difference this morning."
Union softball claims fourth NCCAA National Title
BOTEBOURT, Va. (Union University) -- The Union University softball team has captured the 2013 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) softball national title. Union knocked off fellow Gulf South Conference foe and the defending NAIA National Champion Shorter (Ga.) University 4-1 to claim the title.
Six-seeded Union entered the championship day as the lone unbeaten team. Union lost the first championship game 1-0 to top-seeded Shorter, who needed to beat Union twice. Union responded with a 4-1 victory in the 'if necessary' championship game to secure the title.
For Union, this is the fourth NCCAA softball national title in school history (2001, 2002, 2004, 2013).
In the championship clinching win, Union jumped on top early by way of the long ball. Jackson native and former Trinity Christian standout Summer Cross put Union on the board with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. In the third, Shelbyville, Tenn. native Shelby Lamb added an RBI single to score Sam Giesler, giving Union a 2-0 lead.
That score stood until the sixth when Union added two more runs. Lamb hit her team-leading ninth home run over the left field fence to put Union up 3-0, followed later in the inning by an RBI double from Carter Mansolino, scoring Reagan Schrader.
Kelly Robey (14-9) did the rest, allowing just three hits, one unearned run, and striking out eight batters to give her team the win.
Union was led offensively by Lamb and Mansolino with two hits each. Lamb led with two RBI.
In the first game of the day for Union, Shorter scratched out a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning to force the second game with a 1-0 victory. Brooke Thomas (11-11) took the hard-luck loss, allowing just the one run on four hits. Union managed just three hits in the game.
Union finishes the year with a 28-21 record. Union ended the season winning seven of their last eight games. In those game games, Union outscored their opponents 27-3. In the eight games, Union tossed five shutouts and allowed just one run in three games.
Robey was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, going 3-0 with three complete games and one shutout in the tournament. In 21 tournament innings, she allowed just two runs, one earned, with 27 strikeouts. She defeated top-seed Shorter (Ga.), second seed Central Baptist (Ark.) and fourth seeded Simpson (Calif.). Joining Robey on the all-tournament team from Union are Tobie Joy, Shelby Lamb, and Brooke Thomas.
2013 NCCAA National All-Tournament Team
Morgan Davis - Simpson
Jessica Sheldon - Central Baptist
Victoria Decker - Campbellsville
Brianna DiGioia - Judson
Sarah Boyer - Judson
Christina Ezell - Shorter
Whitney Hood - Shorter
Felicia Morris - Shorter
Tobin Joy - Union
Shelby Lamb - Union
Brooke Thomas - Union
Kelly Robey - Union (MVP of the Tournament)
In other sports news from Union, University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban said in a speech that champions are made of people who focus on having traits that others would want to emulate, according to.
"I have not coached one player who really cared anything about what I knew as a coach until the player knew I cared about him," Saban said. "You have to show that you care for other people and you have to be willing to serve other people. I always ask people to ask themselves, 'Do you pray to be blessed or do you pray to be a blessing?'"
Saban was the keynote speaker for Union University's fifth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala May 6 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. The event supports the Union University intercollegiate athletic program, which is in its second year of a three-year transition to membership in the NCAA at the Division II level.
Saban has been named National Coach of the Year five times and, in January, became the fourth coach in the modern era to win four national titles. Before his seven years as Alabama's head coach, Saban served as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006. He also coached at LSU, where he led the Tigers to a national title in 2003 and two Southeastern Conference championships. Prior to his tenure at LSU, Saban was head coach at Michigan State and the University of Toledo.
As a teenager, Saban said he worked at his father's filling station in West Virginia, where he learned the importance of treating everyone with respect.
"Doing things the right way, the right time, the right thing all the time is really important to be successful," Saban said.
Saban and his wife Terry in 1998 established Nick's Kids Fund, a non-profit that supports children, family, teacher and student causes. A luncheon held each August raises half a million dollars to help young children in need.
"That's my best day of the year," Saban said.
His team regularly hears about developing character. Saban said making each player the best he can be at his position is an important aspect of his job, but not the most important. Personal development for each player is his top priority.
"We want every player to develop a career outside athletics," Saban said.
Saban said the lessons he teaches his players can be applied to a team within an office.
He said strong individuals who can support each other make a team strong, and reminding people of their individual motivations can be the best way to motivate them. Personal confidence is important for each member to have, as well, Saban said.
"When I was a kid fishing in West Virginia, I couldn't catch a fish," Saban said. "And the guy catching fish next to me was throwing the big fish back and keeping the little fish. I got so mad I said, 'Man, why are you throwing the big fish back and keeping the little fish?' He said, 'I've only got a 9-inch frying pan.'"
Saban said he frequently asks his players, "How big is your frying pan? What is your capacity for being successful? How much confidence do you have and belief in yourself at what you can do?"
Regardless of the conditions a person finds himself in, Saban said he should keep his eye on what he really wants to accomplish and maintain his character and confidence.
"You have to be a champion before you can ever win a championship," Saban said.
The Golf and Gala event also featured a golf tournament April 22, with the team of Jimmy Kostaroff, Cy Young, Jeff Reuter and Brad Tursky taking first place.
Man & Woman of Year and Lifetime Achievement awards
presented at World Congress of Families VII
SYDNEY, Australia (Christian Newswire) -- At a special ceremony at World Congress of Families VII in Sydney, Australia on March 17, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse and Ignacio Arsuaga were presented with the first Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year Awards, and Babette Francis of Endeavour Forum and her husband, the late Charles Francis, were presented with the first World Congress of Families Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards are presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting a greater understanding of the centrality of the natural family and the sanctity of human life to a prosperous, stable, and free society and civilization.
In December, nominations for the Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year for 2012 were made by the Congresses' 37 partners. Nominees included leaders, activists, scholars, authors, parliamentarians, lawyers and researchers on four continents. The selection was made by a panel of 22 distinguished pro-family leaders.
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, the think tank of Concerned Women for America. She is a recognized authority on sex trafficking, the United Nations, U.S. domestic issues and international cultural, children's and women's concerns. She twice served President George W. Bush as an official delegate to the United Nations (in 2002 and 2003). She has also served on five national task forces focusing on sexual trafficking, the abuse of women, childhood obesity, human rights and religious freedom. She is the author of many books, including "Marriage Matters: Perspectives on the Priority and Public Importance of Marriage" (2012) and is a popular speaker in the United States and internationally. Click here for Dr. Crouse's bio.
Ignacio Arsuaga is the founder and president of the Spanish pro-family/pro-life group HazteOir.org (Make Yourself Heard), local organizing committee for World Congress of Families VI, May 25-27 2012. He's also a lawyer and member of the Madrid Bar Association. HazteOir has 145,000 members. In 2009, Ignacio helped to organize two massive pro-life marches that drew as many as 2 million to the streets of Madrid to protest the expansion of legalized abortion.
World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs commented: "All of the exceptional individuals who were nominated for our first annual Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year Awards are well-deserving of the honor. Doubtless, many will be in the running for the 2013 awards." Jacobs continued, "We are especially pleased that the first recipients of the awards are Janice and Ignacio. Over the years, their contributions to the natural-family cause can only be described as heroic, sacrificial, and inspiring."
Babette Francis of Endeavour Forum and her husband, the late Charles Francis, were presented with the first World Congress of Families Lifetime Achievement Award in special recognition of their extraordinary contribution to World Congress of Families over many years of service.
Mrs. Francis is one of the founding members of Endeavour Forum Inc., a pro-life, pro-family Australian women's NGO which has links with similar groups internationally. Endeavour Forum aims to enhance the status of the uniquely female and the traditional women's roles and to counter the ideology of contemporary feminism whose adherents believe there are no differences between the sexes and that abortion on demand will pave the path to equality.
Babette has been a leader of the World Congress of Families since WCF I, in Prague in 1997. She's a regular speaker at Congresses and a member of the ongoing WCF International Planning Committee which helps shape future Congresses. Her guidance and direction have made an invaluable contribution to World Congress of Families over the years.
Charles Hugh Francis, who died on August 14, 2012, was a distinguished barrister, former Member of Parliament and a long-time champion of the unborn.
World Congress of Families is the largest international gathering of pro-family leaders, activists, scholars, religious figures, professionals and parliamentarians, cutting across religious and national boundaries. World Congress of Families VII is currently underway in Sydney, Australia. Past Congresses have been held in Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw (2007), Amsterdam (2009) and Madrid (2012). World Congress of Families VIII is scheduled from September 10-12 in Moscow, the Kremlin, in 2014.
Specifically, the World Congress of Families seeks to affirm and defend the natural family by shifting the terms of certain key public debates worldwide:
1. From "The family as an obstacle to development" to the "family as the source of social renewal and progress";
2. From "overpopulation" to "underpopulation" as the demographic problem facing the 21st century;
3. From "the small family and voluntary childlessness as good" to "the celebration of the large family as a special social gift";
4. And from religious orthodoxy as a "threat to progress" to "religious orthodoxy as the source of humane values and cultural progress."
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