WICHITA, Kan. – Sterling College women's indoor track and field team was awarded the KCAC Team of Character honor Saturday at the KCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The KCAC Team of Character award was based off of the NAIA Champions of Character award and recognizes a school in each sport, as voted on by their peer coaches.
"Our ladies exemplify servant leadership, sportsmanship, and respect on a weekly basis," head coach Jack Dillard said. "The team exemplifies these by doing simple things such as picking up not only our team camp at meets but other areas, to helping other teams carry pole vault poles inside the venue, to bigger things such as praying for and with competitors as well as cheering them on."
In the month of January alone, members of the team spent time in the Sterling Presbyterian Manor, Sterling Public Library, Sterling Public Grade School, and time planning a fundraister and basketball game for Victory Village boarding school. Up to this point, the team has spent 60 hours working on planning the Victory Village Boarding School in Hutchinson, Kan. The Warriors have planned A Night to Remember for the boarding school, which will provide a shopping spree for all 18 girls at Kohls, a pregame meal, and a basketball game at Sterling College against Reno County. Each girl will have a personalized cheering section, postgame meal with the opposing team to celebrate fellowship and competition. In addition, Sterling will buy new warm-ups for the girls, shooting shirts, and commemorative game shirts, with an overall goal to raise $3,000 for the evening.
At the Presbyterian Manor, the team enjoys three Wednesdays where they sit and talk about life and core values with the residents of the manor. Life lessons come from adults from ages 72-102. On Tuesdays and Fridays in January, the Warriors led story time at the library where kids were able to play, read books, work on a craft, and have snacks. Finally, members of the team spend four hours in a third grade class on Thursdays with one-on-one attention with each student. Students work on reading, spelling, science projects, poems, among other things. NAIA Core Values are a large part of what the team brings to the classroom.
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