Nine Friends University athletic programs have been given the distinction of NAIA Scholar-Team for the 2014-15 school year as announced by the national office Wednesday afternoon.
The average grade point average for the year for all varsity participants in a sport must be 3.0 or higher for a program to be honored.
Friends University will induct four former Falcons into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 11 in Garvey Physical Education Center. The induction ceremony will take place between the women’s and men's basketball games (estimated to occur sometime between 7:15 to 7:45 p.m.).
Friends University junior Crystal Taporco and freshman Seth Bowers were nominated for the 2012-13 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Champion of Character Student Athlete of the Year award presented by IMA, Inc.
The Champions of Character program was designed to remind athletes, coaches and fans to act in relation to core values in all aspects of life. The program’s core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
Taporco and Bowers were among 14 student athletes throughout the KCAC nominated for the award.
The women's and men's basketball teams have advanced to the semi-finals of the 2012-13 KCAC Postseason Tournament. Friends University will host both games Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Garvey Physical Education Center Gymnasium. The men will play McPherson College at 6 p.m. The women will play Kansas Wesleyan University at 8 p.m.
The Falcon baseball team will have a new playing field this spring, as they take to the diamond at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in the Delano district of Wichita.
“The venue provides Friends University with a facility conducive to many needs,” said Athletic Director Joe Zimmerman. “Not only for baseball, but also as a venue that allows us to engage individuals or groups in a setting that is warm and inviting. This move also addresses one of our institutional goals in partnership with the Delano community.”
Friends University will induct three graduates and a former coach into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 16 in Garvey Physical Education Center. The induction ceremony will take place between the women's and men's basketball games at approximately 7:45 p.m.
In only her second year as head coach at Friends University, RaeAnne Boothe led her team to victory over The College of Idaho 69-54 in the first round of the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. This is the fourth appearance for Friends University and their first ever victory at the NAIA national tournament.
“All credit goes to the players,” said Boothe, “They all played with a tremendous amount of heart and with a confidence that is unusual for a first-time national appearance team.”
Friends University Men’s Basketball Player Jacob Simmonds has been selected as one of only 14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) student athletes nationwide to participate in the 2012-2013 Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program.
Simmonds, a sophomore from Peabody, Kan., is majoring in health science. He has made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll all three semesters while at Friends University and currently holds a 3.97 grade point average. Simmonds has volunteered at the University’s Salvation Army Day and is active in his church community.