Training Through Sports

Department of Athletics to Add Cross Country and Tennis
October 29, 2020

KEENE, TEX. – Southwestern Adventist University is adding tennis and cross country to its roster of intercollegiate sports. The addition of both is in large part due to the efforts of students who participated in these in high school.

“Tennis is my first love, so I’m thrilled to get to play again,” Beatrix Parilla, senior business and pre-med student, shares. 

Cross country meets are already taking place. Vision Modiga, a senior kinesiology student, shares, “I am more than excited that SWAU is now offering cross country. I ran back in high school and qualified for state. That was on the Sabbath, so I did not participate.”

A representative from the National Christian College Association, one of the conferences of which SWAU is a member, contacted Tyler Wooldridge, director of Athletics and Facilities, to discuss making accommodations so SWAU students can participate in meets.

“There are a lot of life lessons students can learn from being part of a sports team,” shares Wooldridge. “They learn to be punctual, organized and to work together, as well as so many other life skills.” This is why he looks forward to providing more opportunities for students to take part in athletics. 

SWAU is committed to providing students with a memorable college experience while teaching skills necessary for a successful life after college. Athletics training provides one more opportunity for them to learn skills that will prepare them to thrive. 

By Brisa Ramirez

Social Media Manager