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CIU Athletics Recognized for Ministry

The Columbia International University Rams were honored for their efforts beyond the field of competition with the Sports

Ministries Award from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

The Sports Ministries Award recognizes member institutions for “having significant spiritual outreach through the unitization of

athletic ministries.”

Ministry outreach by the Rams has included gospel-centered overseas missions trips, community sports outreach, sports clinics

and meeting humanitarian needs.

Meanwhile, CIU Athletics Director James Whitaker was recognized for his service to the NCCAA with the Meritorious Service

Award. Whitaker has served as NCCAA South Region coordinator for the past five years.

The awards were presented June 1 at the NCCAA’s Hall of Fame Banquet in Louisville, Kentucky.

See pages 22-23 for reports on summer mission trips by CIU basketball teams.

The CIU Sports Ministry Award was received by (l-r)

Men’s Basketball Coach Marshall Tague, Athletics Director

James Whitaker, Cross Country Coach Jud Brooker.

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