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A Championship Process: Charting a path to develop Champions for Life
By Mack B. Rhoades, IV, Vice President and Director of Athletics
As my first full academic year at Baylor University comes to a close, I am pleased by the progress we've made and excited for our bright future. Over the past 10 months, I've come to know the Baylor community, athletic staff, and student-athletes on a more personal level, and I am encouraged by the building process that is well underway.
This time has allowed our leadership team to formulate a bold vision for Baylor Athletics, which stands in support of the university's important mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
This mission informs our day-to-day efforts through one simple purpose: Prepare Champions for Life.
In the context of athletics, the word "champion" evokes images of a game-winning shot, a feat of physical strength or a trophy hoisted high by a victorious team. But it has much deeper roots. One of the earliest definitions is as "one who fights on behalf of others" (circa 1300), and later "to fight for, defend, or protect" (circa 1820).
When we say we will "Prepare Champions for Life," we are calling to that deeper sense of the word. Each year, more than 500 student-athletes are on campus representing the green and gold. Our job is to educate and prepare these individuals in all aspects of their life, so they leave here with a depth of understanding of what transforms an individual into a champion.
No team or individual is successful without a successful process - a championship process. As we move forward, Baylor Athletics will focus on key areas of development to ensure our student-athletes receive the training and support we are uniquely equipped to provide.
Our championship process rests on these pillars:
- Academic Achievement
- Athletic Success
- Social Responsibility
- Spiritual Growth
This piece was originally published in the May/June 2017 issue of Insider Magazine.