By Jack Stein, Class of 2015
Over the past few years, Westminster has seen tremendous growth in the athletic arena. Going from a small 1A school that is fairly competitive, but only in its category, to a 1A school that holds its own with schools of all sizes, the Westminster athletes and coaches have shown a strong desire to excel athletically. However, without a home gym, soccer field, track, or weight room, progress has been hard to come by. The athletes have poured out all they have, but the facilities have not always been there to support them. This past summer, that changed.
Following through with its promise to aid the athletes in any way possible, Westminster added a summer strength and conditioning program for interested athletes — the intent being to give athletes proper weight training to compete at the highest level. Coach Butler, the men’s varsity basketball coach, set up the five-days-a-week program to reach optimal fitness and power before teams begin competing this fall. The first year program left no doubts in anyones’ mind that it would not take long for the idea of serious training to take root among Westminster athletes. The participation was incredible, with about 45 athletes attending regularly.
Junior athlete Jacob Welch said, “It’s a step toward a weight room, and a great way to improve and stay active during the summer.” Welch says he is excited about the possibilities that are opening up because of this program. He thinks the best way to glorify God is by being the very best athlete he can be.
Obviously, Westminster is a school dedicated to representing Christ well by its performance on the field, and this program was a huge step in reaching the maximum potential for the athletes. To reach the largest possible platform to glorify the Lord, the best possible facilities and greatest possible efforts must be provided; and this is exactly what Westminster started to accomplish this summer.