GCC Sports Moment

Posted by tom | Aug 23, 2007

The recent Grove City College alum mailing focused on sports.  Buried in various factoids (e.g., longest continuous sport being football since 1892, the exploits of fullback R.J. Bowers which propelled him into the NFL, 20 athletes named coSIDA Academic All-Americans in the last few years, more than 275 students compete in club sports, 32 intramural sports in operation), one found the relationship of the athletic program to the unique story/vision of our alma mater:

In the 1970s the College began building its women's intercollegiate program.  Alumni will recall that from the mid 1970s until the 1980s, we were involved in our famous Title IX case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  In that landmark case, some of our opponents across the country cried out that we were anti-female (Title IX is the federal law abou equity and non-gender bias in intercollegiate sports).  Fifth President Dr. Charles S. MacKenzie was careful to point out that we opposed this new law only because we didn't take federal money.  He added that our support for the building of women's sports program would continue because we believe it was the right thing to do, not because it was mandated by the federal government.

How have Dr. MacKenzie's words played out?  Today we have a robust intercollegiate program for both men and women.  In fact, we have 10 women's NCAA Division III teams and nine men's teams.  More than 420 women and men compete at the College on the intercollegiate level.  Because no athletic scholarships are given in Division III competition, our students play for one primary reason -- it's what is in their heart.

As our summer vacations come to a close, take a moment to ask the question whether your family, neighborhood, business, alma mater, local congregation, local/state/federal government remembers it's guiding story and steps forward through that vision in daily decision making.  If not, has a positive new direction been taken or has one's story/purpose just faded from memory due to a lack of attention?  Take some time to pray for God's Word to be the primary story for one's decision-making and to provide insight as one serves into the various secondary callings into which He's placed you.

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