By Lupe Cartagena, Administrative Assistant/PIO

Bill Glass Champions for Life Ministry recently visited the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (SATF). The all-day event, presented by Glass Ministry and 107 volunteers, covered all seven yards.

Marc Unger, was a keynote platform guest. Unger holds an eighth-degree black belt and has trained in Karate for over 35 years. He is the third highest ranked Black Belt in the world in this style of Karate.

Bill Glass, the founder of Champions for Life Ministry, was consensus All America at Baylor University before becoming a four-time All-Pro for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He retired in 1969, having never missed a practice or game in 22 years of amateur and professional football.

Since 1972, Glass and his volunteers “have been visiting America’s prisons bringing inmates the message of the gospel.”  Athletes, entertainers and musicians present their talents then engage inmates to discuss how the gospel impacts the believer’s life.

The presentations included:

• Richard Garza, played professional football from 1981 to 1985 with the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Denver Broncos. Currently the Chaplain for the NBA San Antonio Spurs.

• Richard Nichols, spent 17 years in prison in the State of California. For the past 16 years is helping others get out of gangs.

• Kenny Munds, formerly lead vocalist with country group Brush Arbor and recipient of two Academy of Country Music Awards; he has also played at the Grand Ole Opry and opened for such legends as Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard.


A volunteer with the Bill Glass Champions for Life Ministry performs for inmates at SATF.