Written by: Maynard Wheeler III
Southern Adventist University should consider adding intercollegiate sports teams because of the unification that it would provide. Team sports have been proven to build character and self-esteem. Although Southern already has intramural sports, intramurals lack the ability to bring the school community together; intercollegiate sports teams would benefit the university in different areas.
A sports team would allow for students to gather and celebrate their fellow gifted classmates. No matter how exciting intramural games can be, they can’t replicate the electricity of battling a fellow school.
Other Adventist schools such as Oakwood University, Pacific Union College and La Sierra University all have their own intercollegiate sports teams.
By having sports teams, Southern could also improve its relationship with the non-Adventist community. It allows for non-Adventists to hear about Southern and possibly bring their athletic abilities to the school. Through this avenue, we, as an Adventist community, can witness to people that have possibly never heard of our message.
Team sports also have many benefits for future job opportunities. In an article published by the National Scouting Report, Sara Rondeau wrote, “Future employers look for those who go the extra mile. Participating in a college sport and being able to balance your time between the hours of practice, film, games and staying on top of your academics show a student’s work ethic. Additionally, former college athletes learn and develop leadership, teamwork and time management skills. All of these skills helped prepare them for the working world.”
By no means am I suggesting that we get rid of intramurals, but having both intramurals and intercollegiate sports teams would be beneficial for everyone. Think of all the different students that have never received the opportunity to express their talents competitively. By implementing this, Southern can provide another way for students to showcase the talents that God has blessed them with. Overall, having a sports team at Southern wouldn’t replace intramurals, but would add to the amazing experience that many students already have.