Basketball. Soccer. Baseball. Golf. Tennis. Wrestling. Track & Field. Cross Country. Volleyball. Softball. OKWU’s head coaches are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to top-level athletics programs in the NAIA. But greater than their accomplishments in the stats books are their commitment to producing men and women who practice wisdom in their everyday lives.
Recent graduate and basketball player, Jake Feickert, was honored as an Eagle Scholar as the 2018-19 year ended. The award honors a student athlete who showed excellence both on the court and off, and Jake attributes his success to the four pillars—“I came to OKWU not really picking up my bible, not really reading, kind of just doing the “Christian Thing”. When I got here, I realized that if I really wanted to grow my faith, I had to open that thing up…and every time we watch [basketball game] film, it’s like a three hour film session, because we get up there and for an hour and a half, we’re watching [sermons], and Coach Bostwick just has worship…I’ve seen a ton of my classmates and teammates grow in their faith and give their life to Christ and that’s really, really cool.”
In the 2018-19 year, this faith in action approach of the Practice of Wisdom pillar was also evidenced in the Eagles’ commitment to serving. Men’s Basketball spent a week in the Dominican Republic, hosting sports camps and helping restore homes for at risk people groups. Women’s Basketball and Volleyball volunteered with local shelters and churches in our community – from serving meals to cleaning up trash. Baseball players serve local churches and at Bartlesville’s annual “Day of Hope” for families in need. These are just a few examples of the whole-person approach OKWU Athletics takes with their teams, says Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, Kirk Kelley. “Our student-athletes understand and embrace servant leadership,” said Coach Kelley. “They are thankful for opportunities they have and value the chance to help others.”
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