The North Greenville chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes honored NGU student athletes on Thursday night, hosting the inaugural NGU ESPY Awards in Turner Chapel.
The awards show celebrated the accomplishments of North Greenville athletes throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Among the 13 awards delivered were the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the Fan of the Year Award, and Lifetime Crusader Award.
North Greenville Alumnus and former football player Carl Dukes received the Lifetime Crusader Award. Dukes played football for the Crusaders for four years playing in, and winning an NCCAA Victory Bowl in 2010. He was also a starter for North Greenville’s 2011 squad, which is the only football team to earn a trip to the NCAA Playoffs.
Leslie Brown was awarded the Fan of the Year Award. Brown (and her cowbell) is a familiar site to NGU fans and athletes. Rarely missing a game, she is often in the front row, cheering on her student athletes.
The Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards went to quarterback Nelson Hughes and point guard Cameron Carter. Hughes wrapped up a record breaking career in 2015, racking up 2,150 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. Hughes led NGU to an 8-3 record with wins over Mars Hill and eighth ranked Lenoir-Rhyne.
Carter was one of North Greenville’s biggest threats this season on the basketball court. She led the team with 418 points on the season, while averaging 17.4 points per contest. Carter also had 31-steals on defense and was also first on the team with 58 three pointers.
Other award winners included:
Male Rookie of the Year: Daniel Burchette (Men’s Basketball)
Female Rookie of the Year: Kate Lee (Softball)
Hit of the Year: Nathaniel Maggio (Baseball)
International Athlete of the Year: Stanley Limoh (Cross Country/Track)
Breakout Performance: Ashton Heard (Football)
Service Award: Maddie King (Cheerleading)
Female Iron Athlete of the Year: Yomi Adeyeye (Women’s Volleyball)
Male Iron Athlete of the Year: Mike Thomas (Football)
FCA Coach of the Year: Brianna Temples (Women’s Lacrosse)