"EC's true focus on Christ actually pushes and refines me academically. And the faculty give me individual attention on a regular basis. That means a lot to me."
Academic Excellence in Ecclesia Athletics
At a time when standards seem to be slipping everywhere we turn, it's exciting to find a place where they're climbing. Ecclesia College Student Communicator staff, Lydia Lewis, reports on the recent accomplishment of the Ecclesia Baseball team.
"Produce champions of Christ-like character while providing an environment that fosters academic and athletic excellence on a regional and national level." -Mission Statement of the Ecclesia College Athletic Department
The NCCAA (National Christian College Athletics Association) nationally recognizes teams that have a cumulative team GPA of at least a 3.4 as a NCCAA Scholar Team. The EC Royals Baseball team, comprised of all but one freshman, have put themselves on track to receive this honor; ending the Fall 2012 semester with a team GPA of exactly 3.40.
When asked about what this accomplishment meant, Head Coach Hardie responded "For us, at Ecclesia, we aren't just student athletes, we are student worker athletes. To come away with a 3.4 with all the work outs in the fall and the working, for me I think that's a great testament to our guys, especially with being all freshman." With any team this is a great accomplishment, but with a team of all freshman, I believe it says a lot about the dedication of these young men.
"It's pleasing to know that we are striving for excellence not only on the field but also in the classroom." Freshman Brandin Fry (named to Fall semester Dean's List) "This shows me that our team cares not only about their sport, but also this school and their grades. We have to have the grades to play. To be a part of this family you have to get it done in the classroom, and we have." Freshman Caleb Kelley (named to Fall semester Dean's List)
A huge congratulations to the EC Men's Baseball team on this accomplishment, and wishing you the best this season, and hoping your studies continue to be strong!