LINDSBORG, Kan. - Bethany College prides itself on its core values, servant leadership is one of those, as well as being a part of the NAIA 5-star Champions of Character Initiative. The Bethany College athletics teams all showcased this core value by doing community service projects throughout the fall 2016 semester.
Of all the teams in the department, the Bethany College baseball team had the most community service hours during that time. The team put in 2,721 hours of community service as a whole.
"We are very proud as a program to demonstrate the Bethany College core value of servant leadership. The experience our guys get here will send them into the world ready to make a difference and continue to serve," Swedes head baseball coach Andrew Bartman said.
The team achieved this accomplishment with the help of some major projects in the fall. The first of these projects included taking a trip to Kansas City, Kan. to help with a NASCAR race at the Kansas Speedway one weekend. This project involved the players working event management and directing spectators to the correct areas for their safety and the safety of the drivers and other entertainers.
A few weeks after this event, the team went to parts of North Carolina with the American Red Cross Association to help with Hurricane Matthew relief. The group, along with members of the Swedes softball program took a weeklong trip to help with those affected by the tropical storm.
To begin the 2016-17 academic year the Bethany College athletic department had a community service goal of 3,000 hours. The department and its athletes beat it during the fall semester. As a whole, the department totaled 7,508 hours.
While the baseball athletes totaled the most hours as a team, the Swedes softball team had the most average hours per student athlete of any team in the department.
During the spring semester, the athletic department challenges all of the Swedes athletics teams to continue serving their community in any way they can.
"Genuinely engaging in the greater Bethany community is one of the key tenants of the Department of Athletics mission statement. I am proud of our student-athletes and coaches dedication to serving our community," Bethany Dean of Athletics and Student Development Dane Pavlovich said.
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