Release Courtesy of Maranatha Athletics
WATERTOWN, WI – Each year, the NCCAA hosts an Annual Convention for member institutions to provide education and encouragement in its mission and schools, while giving recognition at the Hall of Fame Banquet, sponsored by SCORE International, on Friday, May 31.
Maranatha Baptist University was recognized as the 2013-14 Sports Ministry, and Presidential Awards recipients, while the 2014 Game Plan 4 Life (GP4L) Character Award went to four individuals, including Maranatha men’s soccer player, Taylor Pill.
The Sports Ministry Award is established for the purpose of member institutions having significant spiritual outreach through the utilization of athletic ministries while the Presidential Award goes to the institution with the highest point total in championship placement. The GP4L award recognizes athletes that embody the character qualities of Love, Integrity, Faith and Excellence.
Maranatha Baptist University spread its influence to Watertown, the surrounding communities and internationally, including the volleyball ministry team trip to Hawaii and the baseball team’s efforts to reach children in Bani, a capital town of the Peravia Province in the Dominican Republic.
The baseball team uses the Bani trip to evangelize young athletes with the gospel, while assisting with clinics throughout the week, during the University’s spring break.
The 2013 season provided ample discipleship opportunities for the volleyball team, which partnered with Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Head Coach Regina DeLozier and her squad drafted Bella, a nine-year old girl with Fanconi Anemia, as an official member of the team for the duration of her treatment and beyond.
The men’s basketball, men’s, and women’s soccer, and volleyball teams hosted sport clinics for community children throughout the year, partnering with the Watertown Area YMCA, schools and churches.
Other ministries included an annual community craft fair fundraiser by the softball team in November as an outreach to outside vendors, and the Tonal Defenders, a singing group assembled by the men’s soccer team that tours various churches in the region.
Junior Taylor Pill, a midfielder out of Watertown, WI, served as the team captain during his sophomore and junior seasons and president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The third-year player serves on the board for the Watertown Soccer Club, a referee assigner, and coach of the town’s U13 boys’ team.
Head coach Jeff Pill stated, “Taylor’s servant leadership follows him with all of his dealings, as he would often take time to connect with area youth teams that came to visit him at home games. His interest is genuine and consistent, and he is not only dependable, but sincerely cares for the well-being of everyone.”
Pill’s love is displayed in his respect for teammates, coaches and professors, and exhibited integrity, as Athletic Director Rob Thompson attests, “Taylor is quick to pick up skills, demonstrate initiative, adjust to time sensitive and person details, and thorough in completing tasks. He is honest and trustworthy and gives his best effort in each endeavor.”
Faithfulness epitomized Pill’s daily commitment in his local church service, and the NCCAA All-American travels the country with a college soccer ministry team that has an express intent of sharing the gospel and running soccer clinics.
He also showed excellence through academics, sustaining a 3.75 GPA in Sport Management while achieving NCCAA Scholar Athlete status, and reaching Maranatha’s Presidential List.