NGU Ranks Among Best Christian College Athletic Programs
Theology Degrees, a website that ranks and evaluates religious education programs, has recently included North Greenville University in its ranking “The Top 50 Christian College Athletic Programs.”
Sports and Christianity share a deep connection for many college students, often reminding them of God’s presence and blessings, enriching their spiritual lives, and encouraging a godly attitude that they apply off the field, too, reads the report.
Take Olympic medalists David Boudia and Steele Johnson for example. Both athletes recently won silver medals during the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving competition at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. But they’ve spoken out about the importance of focusing more on Jesus Christ than the pressure of winning a game or medal:
"It's just an identity crisis. When my mind is on [diving], and I'm thinking I'm defined by this, then my mind goes crazy," Boudia said in an interview with NBC, after winning the silver medal. "But we both know that our identity is in Christ, and we're thankful for this opportunity to be able to dive in front of Brazil and in front of the United States.”
Theology Degrees released its ranking of Christian universities and institutions that have strong athletic programs in order to help Christian students who, like Boudia and Johnson, want to have a well-balanced approach to sports. The featured athletic programs focus not only on strengthening social interactions and spiritual commitments, but also retaining strong academics.
Each of the top athletic programs on the Theology Degrees list is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, with foundations built on religious faith and beliefs. NGU ranks at spot #21 in the list.
“The college experience is more than just attending class. On a Christian campus, it’s all the involvement, both on personal and spiritual levels, that gives the student the best all-around experience,” says NGU’s Athletic Director Jan McDonald. “We offer students an opportunity to shine in their chosen sport.”
This Theology Degrees ranking of athletic programs at Christian colleges is based on total number of varsity teams, field sports, female sports, and athletic department revenue.
According to the list, NGU offers 18 varsity sports teams, with more than 22% of the student population participating on a varsity team on campus.
For more information about sports offered at NGU, visit nguathletics.com.
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