BPC named NAIA Champions of Character institution
BPC is a NAIA Champions of Character Institution
By Kelley M. Arnold
Interim Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College has once again been lauded as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Institution, reports BPC Athletic Director Sheila Simmons.
Simmons points to the college’s “servant leadership” approach to training student-athletes on and off the playing field. The NAIA selected BPC based on the college’s commitment to five core values: respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship, explained Simmons.
Over the last year, the BPC Barons Athletic department participated in several volunteer and community projects, one of which was spearheaded by local church, Journey.
Vidalia’s Power Camp 2009 was made possible through the volunteer leadership of BPC’s coaches. According to Jeff McCormick, Journey senior pastor, the athletic camp geared to school-age youngsters was well attended, with more than 150 local children participating in the three-day camp. BPC coaches led clinics in basketball, soccer and baseball.
“Our coaches and players are committed to representing BPC, the community, the conference, and the NAIA by being true examples of a Champion of Character,” said Simmons. “We believe in the importance of the five core values and the significance of making a difference through athletics.”
The Brewton-Parker volleyball and softball teams participated in a Read to a Class Program at the local elementary and middle schools. The women’s basketball team hosted free skills clinics for local middle school students and talked to local school kids about character and education.
The baseball team organized an American Red Cross Blood Drive for the Mount Vernon campus and the men’s soccer team assisted by volunteering their time to recruit donors. The men’s baseball and both the women’s and men’s soccer team also hosted skills clinics for local students.
And, as a campus wide project, the BPC Athletic department picked up trash on campus in honor of Earth Day, April 22. The college’s athletic teams also volunteer in community festivals and support the college’s operations by volunteering at special events.
BPC has appointed Dan Robertson, women’s soccer coach, as the institution’s NAIA Champions of Character representative. Robertson, active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus, had the following to say about the college’s prestigious designation.
“Being a Champion of Character institution means that as an institution we are trying to teach and guide our students to be servant leaders in our communities,” explained Robertson. “What I mean by this is that through our faculty, staff and community service projects, we are exemplifying to our students the importance of being involved and a part of the community. Through these opportunities, our students see first-hand what a true leader looks like.
“A leader is not always the most vocal or demanding person out there,” he continued. “A true leader is someone who, through their character and compassion for others, gets their people to follow them – not out of fear but out of respect and gratitude. When our students see this and experience this first-hand, it builds strong bonds between the community and the college. We hope our students and the community around us see a difference.”
BPC athletics includes nine intercollegiate sports teams: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s softball.
To learn more about the college’s athletic teams, visit the department’s home page at www.bpc.edu/athletics.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, BPC’s main campus is located in Mount Vernon and has an external learning site in Newnan.