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Wednesday, June 23, 2010The eyes of the sports world are South Africa and the World Cup this month. Spencer Sutton was a member of the first Lipscomb soccer team in 1994. He is a fitting selection since he not only is a former soccer player, but his non-profit company Neverthirst, which he founded and serves as executive director, provides clean water for India, the Central African Republic and Sudan. He spent a few minutes with Lipscombsports.com to talk about his memories of Lipscomb and his life since his days in school.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played Men’s Soccer on Lipscomb's first team in1994. My coach was Joel Butts”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"I believe my fondest athletic memory was my first goal for Lipscomb at home verses Lee University.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"Mark Campbell and John Pierce were two of my best friends at Lipscomb and to see their drive and their hard work pay off for the basketball team made me believe if we worked hard and focused on the fundamentals we could feel good about our season no matter how many games we won or lost. Those guys were, and still are, great friends and I'm still encouraged by them today.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“Two things: I met my wife at Lipscomb (Allyson Grant) and we had a year of dating on campus before she graduated two years before me and then my time with our social club Delta Tau. I developed some great friendships during those years that are still strong.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“Relationships. I believe they outlast education and have the potential to change lives."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"I had several great professors but two that definitely stand out are Wayne Garrett and Val Prill. Wayne for his love for English Lit as well as his concern and involvement in our lives outside of the classroom - he really cares about his students. Mrs. Prill was an incredible French teacher and through my time with her I learned the meaning of grace and mercy!! I was not the best French student!”
Where do you live now?
"We live in Birmingham, Ala.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I founded and serve as the Executive Director for a faith based non-profit called Neverthirst. We provide clean water to the poor through their local church (www.neverthirstwater.org). We currently work in India, Sudan and Central African Republic.
“When I'm not traveling with donors and photographers into these countries to document our work, I am speaking at churches, schools and businesses about the billion people living without access to clean water.”
Tell us about your family.
“Allyson and I got married shortly after I graduated (April 6, 1996) and moved to Birmingham where I grew up. We had our first child (Grant) in February 2002 and then our girl (Mary Ryan) was born in April of 2005. We are very involved with our local church, The Church at Brook Hills, where we taught young marrieds for six years. Allyson drives a school bus to provide us with health insurance and I work full-time with Neverthirst."