LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- As the semester draws to a close, the Covenant Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) invites you to join its Virtual Student-Athlete Worship Night streaming live on Thursday, April 30 from 8-9 p.m. EDT.
Student-Athlete Worship Nights, presented by Covenant SAAC, are a common occurrence on the Covenant campus over the last three years. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing everyone to stay home, SAAC orchestrated its worship night for online viewing.
"As a committee, we are always trying to further the student-athlete experience at Covenant. One way we hope to do this is through our Student-Athlete Worship Nights that occur numerous times a year," said Erika Mast, who serves as SAAC president and is a senior softball player. "This is an opportunity for athletes from all different teams to join together in worship and fellowship as one athletic department."
Thursday's lineup of guest speakers and worship leaders spans the country. Headlining the guest speakers is Jason Romano, a former ESPN producer and current Sports Spectrum podcast host with over 20 years of sports broadcasting experience. Other guest speakers in Katie Lentz from MLB and Christina Hovestadt from the NFL join Romano.
"It is incredible that these big-time professionals in the sports industry have agreed to join us," said senior men's soccer player Colby Pepper, who serves on the Covenant SAAC leadership team and on the NCAA Division III Management Council. "We believe it will be an encouragement to all student-athletes to hear their stories about their real-life experiences of how their faith has intersected with sports."
In addition to those guest speakers, several athletes from multiple Christian institutions will assist in leading worship by displaying their musical talents. Students from Covenant, Messiah College, and Gordon College are scheduled to appear.
Added Mast, "This Virtual Student-Athlete Worship Night is special because it is different from any other event we have done. Due to current circumstances, we are excited to open this up to student-athletes across the country. Our hope is that this serves as an encouragement to athletes and promotes a sense of unity among believers. No matter our athletic conference or division, we serve a God that is worthy of our praise!"
The Student-Athlete Worship Night will also be made available for on-demand viewing after the event through the Covenant Athletics YouTube channel.
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