NGU to Award 50K in Scholarships at FCA Jamboree

The 4th Annual FCA Football Jamboree will be held in Younts Stadium on the campus of North Greenville University on August 6, 2011.  The theme of the Jamboree is “Celebrating Coaches of Influence”. 

In addition to watching some great football action, those who attend will participate in honoring Dr. John C. West, this year’s recipient of the Coaches of Influence Award.  The award will be presented at half-time after the contest between Blue Ridge and Hillcrest and before the contest between Christ Church and JL Mann.

Dr. West coached for 25 years at the high school and collegiate level and made an eternal impact on the lives of players, parents, and coaches on and off the field of play as he modeled Christ-like character and personal excellence.  He embodies the four core values of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Integrity, Serving, Teamwork, and Excellence. 

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, founded in 1954, challenges athletes and coaches of all levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ.  The late David Farnham was the first recipient of the award in 2008.  Coach Louie Golden received the award in 2009 and Tim Howard received it in 2010.

The Jamboree will begin at 5:30 with a contest between the Carolina Trojans and the Wade Hampton Generals.  That contest will be followed by one between The Southside Christian Sabres and the Travelers Rest Devildogs.  The Blue Ridge Tigers and the Hillcrest Rams will mix it up in the next game before half-time.  After half-time, the Christ Church Cavaliers and the JL Mann Patriots will collide before the Greer Yellow Jackets and the JF Byrnes Rebels meet in the final game at 8:30 PM.  Discount tickets can be purchased for $5 from the ten participating schools with each school keeping $2 from each ticket sold.  Ticket purchases at the gate on the day of the game will be $6.

An exciting addition to the FCA Football Jamboree this year is the chance for students from each of the ten participating high schools to be awarded scholarship money for attendance at North Greenville University.  North Greenville University will award a $5,000 scholarship to one junior or senior from each of the ten high schools playing in the jamboree. Students will register for these scholarships at the jamboree and the winners for each school will be announced at the end of each game that is played during the evening. 

“We are making this commitment to students from these schools because we support the mission of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and we want Greenville County’s best and brightest to have an opportunity to study at the America’s finest Christian university”, says Keli Sewell, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Planning at NGU. 

Like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, NGU seeks to make the name of Jesus Christ known around the world through the abilities and actions of our students and alumni. 

North Greenville has gained notoriety in the academic world over the past twenty years as the university has grown to over seven times the size it was in 1992 when current President Dr. Jimmy Epting took the reins of the school. 

Recently, NGU was ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in America by Forbes Magazine and the North Greenville University Faculty was rated the fifth best faculty among colleges and universities in America.