This past week, the Central Christian College coaches and student-athletes all gathered in the Upper Dining Room of the CCC cafeteria to celebrate the 2013-2014 season, honor all letterwinners and hand out annual end-of-the year awards.
The evening began with a welcome from CCC Athletic Director Chad Kerr and then was followed by a meal prepared by the CCC dining service. After the meal, Aaron Glendenning, the Central Region Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, talked to the CCC athletes about getting involved in FCA by establishing a chapter on our campus.
After Glendenning spoke, each coach in turn beginning with the fall sports stood up and listed off their first-, second-, third-, and fourth-year letterwinners, scholar-athletes and All-Conference winners from their teams. The four-year letterwinners received a plaque commemorating their four years of service to their team.
More than 35 student-athletes were recognized as scholar-athletes either at the MCAC, NCCAA or NAIA level. In addition to student-athletes being recognized for their work in the classroom, 15 athletes were honored as MCAC All-Conference, NCCAA All-Region or NCCAA All-American.
The evening culminated in honoring seven individuals with a series of special awards given to student-athletes each year that are nominate by and voted on by the CCC coaching staff.
This year the coaches voted on adding a new award, the CCC Newcomer of the Year Award. The first recipients of the new award were freshman Michael Gholston for the men and Hannah Crandall for the women. Gholston is a basketball player, and Crandall competes for the volleyball team.
This year's Keith Ivers Christian Athlete of the year awards went to junior baseball player Austin Penn and senior soccer player Courtney Huff. The Howard J. Krober Male Athlete of the Year Award went to senior Mark Gayer, a standout for the tennis and golf teams. The Claudine Ludwick Ferrell Female Athlete of the Year Award was given to junior softball player Dana Dean.
The final award of the night was the President's Fit Four award. The award was started two years ago by CCC's President Hal Hoxie as a way to recognize one of CCC's student athletes who exemplifies the college's Fit Four Model (fit heart, fit mind, fit body and fit soul). The award carries with it a $500 scholarship for the following year. This year's recipient was junior basketball player Raven Void.
All in all it was a fun night of fellowship and a great way to wrap up a successful season of play. Things will get back under way on Aug. 13 when the fall sports report to campus for preseason training. The first scheduled event of the 2014-2015 season will be scrimmage for the men's and women's soccer teams at home against Dodge City Community College on 6 p.m. on Aug. 20.