XENIA, OH - "When you make the whole better than the sum of its parts, you have achieved excellence."
This was just one of the memorable quotes that Ohio Christian University's athletic team heard last Friday. On June 16th, the coaching and administrative staff attended a retreat hosted by the Athletes in Action (AIA) staff at their international headquarters located in Xenia, OH. In existence since 1966, AIA was created with a mission to use sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith and to point them to Jesus. Since then, they have developed a mission to "see a day when there are Christ-followers on every team, in every sport, in every nation." Over the past several years, Ohio Christian and AIA have built a relationship closely around the SportLinc ministry, aimed at fulfilling their vision of building relationships with college campuses around the nation.
The day began Brandon Howard, AIA's Challenge Course Associate Director, who ran the group through two team building exercises that focused on relying on others to achieve a goal. Once the group returned inside, they were greeted with lunch and a chance to fellowship with one another. Following lunch, Coach Morris Michalski, also known as Coach Mo, talked to the staff about "Excellence in Coaching". The talk centered around what kills excellence and what breeds excellence. By the end of the discussion, the team had learned that your call to excellence must be bigger than Goliath in order to succeed.
The second speaker for the day was Kevin Geiss, who talked about "Excellence in Ministry". Kevin focused on three main points about excellence: 1. Being in a constant state of growing oneself. 2. Be in a process of resourcing your own growth out to others. 3. Intentionally being involved in connecting others to a vibrant community. Following that discussion, the team once again participated in a group activity where they had to work together to achieve a common goal. The day would conclude with a discussion with Michael Andersen, who focused on "Excellence in Leadership".
For more information on Athletes In Action and their worldwide ministry, visit their website located here.