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Club Sports department to host Spring Convocation Friday

January 30, 2018  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Liberty Club Sports Athletic Director Kirk Handy offers welcoming remarks at the first Convocation for the program's 700-plus student-athletes on Oct. 4. (Photos by Jessie Rogers)

Liberty University's Club Sports program will hold its second alternative Convocation on Friday, Feb. 2, starting at 10:30 a.m. in the LaHaye Event Space, located near the Recreation & Fitness Center entrance.

"It will be based a lot around the community and the leadership we have in Club Sports," said Ben Hughes, Liberty's ACHA DII men's hockey head coach and Club Sports recruitment coordinator. "It will give opportunities for student-athletes to share testimonies and lift each other up."

Liberty hopes to host at least one, maybe two, Clubs Sports Convocations in the future, added Kaycee Tripp, Liberty's assistant director of recruitment and special events.

Flames freshman wrestler Alex Hicks introduces himself to other student-athletes during the Fall Club Sports Convocation held in the Montview Student Union.

"It's a really good way for us to all connect and spend time and pour into the lives of the student-athletes," she said.

 At the first Club Sports Convocation, held Oct. 4 in the Montview Student Union Alumni Ballroom, Club Sports Ministry Director Brian Davidson introduced a department-wide initiative to send more teams and student-athletes overseas to engage in global missions.

Friday's event to kick off the spring semester will emphasize ministry opportunities available with the 41 Club Sports teams in and around Lynchburg, Va., as well as all of the destinations they travel to throughout their respective seasons.

"This will be more focused on the Club Sports discipleship program that we have started," Davidson said. "It will be focused on student-athletes. We're going to issue a spiritual challenge to them this semester about being on mission with God through the platform they've been given in sports, to use their gifts to enhance the Kingdom within the teams they're playing on and to those they're playing against."

The goal of the Convocation is to encourage interaction between different Club Sports teams and to raise up leaders who can carry out the vision Davidson has introduced within the context of the university's mission.

Members of the Lady Flames' figure skating team gathered at the first Club Sports Convocation on Oct. 4.

"It will be a time in which we will have fellowship together, with live music and opportunities for some student-athletes to share testimonies," Davidson said, including a couple from the ACHA Division I men's hockey team.

The event will offer free Chick-Fil-A breakfast biscuits to the first 100 student-athletes or coaches who arrive and other games, competitions, and giveaways, including Club Sports T-shirts and stress balls.


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