By Josh Neuhart
Grace College Sports Information
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Sacia Hanson was given the highest individual student-athlete honor of the year by the NCCAA.
Hanson was named the overall female winner of the NCCAA Game Plan 4 LIFE Award. It is given to honor one NCCAA student-athlete across all sports who best epitomizes the Christian character qualities of love, integrity, faith and excellence.
She won the award for women’s soccer last month. The NCCAA then selected Hanson among all the other sport winners to receive the overall national award.
Hanson is Grace’s first national NCCAA Game Plan 4 LIFE winner. Meredith Hollar also won the women’s soccer Game Plan 4 LIFE award in 2016.
Hanson, a senior from Boulder, Colo., led Grace to five national tournaments across her four-year career (three NAIA, two NCCAA). She passed out 17 career assists to go along with six goals. She graduates ninth all-time in career assists.
In 2018 Hanson assisted the game-winning goal to beat No. 11 Marian in overtime, sparking the Lady Lancers to secure the program’s first conference championship. She has been honored as a three-time member of the All-Crossroads League Team, four-time member of the NCCAA Midwest All-Regional Team, and an NCCAA Second Team All-American.
“Sacia is a fierce competitor and unwavering in her love for Jesus,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She has been a passionate leader pointing her teammates to grow in faith and futbol. We’re blessed to have had her here at Grace!”
Hanson graduated with a degree in elementary education with a focus in special education holding a 3.23 GPA. She has participated in various mission trips across the globe during her time at Grace, including Ohio, Costa Rica, Vietnam and Thailand.
Hanson has also volunteered at NAIA soccer clinics in Alabama, and at Night to Shine escorting special needs high school students to prom.