GREENVILLE, S.C. -

McMurry University head volleyball coach Cammie Petree has been awarded one of the highest honors bestowed by the National Christian College Athletic Association  (NCCAA), receiving the “Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award” for the 2013-14 year. The award is presented to one male and one female coach and/or administrator from among NCCAA member institutions, annually

The purpose of the Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award is to recognize NCCAA athletic mentors who epitomize the Christian character qualities of: 

Love- demonstrating a caring and consistent love for others (I Corinthians 13);

Integrity- living out ethical principles in a clear consistent manner (Job 27:5);

Faith- acknowledging a life of faith and sharing that faith with others (Hebrews 11);

Excellence- striving to do all things at the highest standard (Philippians 4:8). 

Petree just completed her 18th season of guiding the McMurry program and is the school’s all-time leader in victories, with a record of 317-215 (a winning percentage of .596). In 2012, she led McMurry to the NCCAA national championship, earning back-to-back regional titles, as well.

Cammie has twice been voted as the NCCAA’s Central Region “Coach of the Year” (2012 & 2013). She also earned the national “Coach of the Year” award in 2012 from both the NCCAA and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

In addition to the tremendous on-court success enjoyed by Cammie’s teams, she has also built a solid foundation for spiritual growth and community engagement for her players. Under Cammie’s tenure, McM volleyball has done fundraisers for cancer research, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and worked at the annual “Pumpkin Patch” fundraiser for Abilene’s Disability Resources Incorporated, to name a few.

"I feel very honored and humbled to have been chosen to receive the NCCAA Game Plan 4 Life Award,” Petree said.  “ I truly believe the characteristics that define this award are reflected in my life because I have been surrounded by them my entire life.  God blessed me with parents that have always provided beautiful examples of each one -- L-I-F-E.  I can Love because I've been loved, I am able to live a life of Integrity because they have shown me exactly what that looks like. I have a deep Faith and relationship with Jesus Christ because they cared enough to introduce me to their   Savior.  They have always pursued Excellence in their own lives and have encouraged me to strive for excellence, too.  

“Even today, my parents impact my life with the way they live theirs.  They are in their mid-eighties and they deliver Meals on Wheels twice a week, my mom volunteers at the Christian Service Center and attend prayer group and Bible Study.  She spends a lot of her spare time patiently knitting caps for premie babies and for people that have lost their hair because of cancer.  

“For years I've watched my kind and gentle dad go out of his way to thank our military personnel for their service to our country.  But I can honestly say the influence doesn't stop there.

God has also blessed me with a husband that reflects these LIFE characteristics because of the influence of his parents.  I get to work at McMurry University during the week and attend church on Sunday with wonderful people that display these characteristics.  I also have the blessing of watching my children, Megan and Austin, and my step-children and their families reflect LIFE, so thankfully the legacy is living on. 

“I know that God has blessed my life in many ways through many people, and it is truly His influence that has shaped who I am.  I give Him the honor and glory for this Game Plan 4 Life Award."

Petree will be presented her award at the NCCAA’s annual convention on May 30 in Marion, Ind.

Information for this story provided by McMurry Athletics.