Governor proclaims today Crusader Football Day; SC House and Senate recognize NGU football team
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Governor proclaims today Crusader Football Day; SC House and Senate recognize NGU football team
Rep. Harry Cato presents Mike Taylor with House Resolution while Sen. Lewis Vaughn presents Dr. Jimmy Epting with proclamation from the Governor

COLUMBIA, SC—Today is Crusader Football Day all across the state of South Carolina, so proclaimed Governor Mark Sanford.

North Greenville University celebrated its National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl championship in the state capitol Thursday. The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a House Resolution honoring the football program and the University. After being recognized on the floor of the House Chamber, the South Carolina Senate took a few moments to recognize the Crusaders for their record-breaking 2006 season.

State Representative Harry Cato (Travelers Rest) addressed the House, telling them of North Greenville’s school-record ten victories, Victory Bowl championship and various team and individual accomplishments. Cato then presented NGU President Dr. Jimmy Epting and head coach Mike Taylor with a framed copy of the resolution. Cato also presented Speaker Bobby Harrell with a North Greenville baseball cap. Cato was joined by State Senator Lewis Vaughn (Greer) and Gloria Haskins (Greenville), as Vaughn presented the proclamation on behalf of the Governor’s Office that March 29, 2007 be designated Crusader Football Day.

“It is a great thrill to have North Greenville here and introduce them to the House,” remarked Cato. “This is the first time some of the legislators have heard of North Greenville University, so it is a great honor to introduce the school.”

Players, coaches, and school officials then visited the South Carolina Senate. Vaughn, joined by the Greenville delegation of Senators Mike Fair, Ralph Anderson, Jim Ritchie, and David Thomas, read a list of accomplishments and had the team stand for recognition by the Senate. Vaughn also presented the team with certificates of recognition for each player.

“It is a great joy to have the football team down here,” said Vaughn. “North Greenville is a great asset to us and I am very proud of the players, coaches, and staff. We want them to come back next year.”

North Greenville University President Dr. Jimmy Epting was both excited and grateful. “It is a wonderful day when you can get the Governor to proclaim Crusader Football Day,” noted Epting. “It means a lot to the state and especially to North Greenville University that we are a strong educational institution committed to quality education in a Christ-centered, biblically sound environment and we have the same commitment to athletics.”

“We also are very appreciative of Representative Cato and Senator Vaughn, not only for their representation of Greenville County, but also for making this special day possible for our student-athletes.”

The day was the culmination of the most successful season in school history. “It just goes to show you what can be accomplished when you get a group of committed coaches together,” noted Dr. Bill Mitchell, Vice President.

The trip to the state capitol held special meaning for the coaches and players. Head coach Mike Taylor remarked, “This is just a great day for NGU football. It shows how far we have come. I think we have the team of the year in South Carolina and it is special to have our players recognized.”

Running back Matt Moore noted, “the day was really exciting and was a great honor.”