Cultivating a Formidable Group of Scholar Athletes

Over the last three years, Cumberland County College has been building its athletics record and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.  We have been attracting a growing cadre of superbly talented athletes who are trained and mentored by coaches not only dedicated to their athletic success, but also to their academic achievement. Throughout the summer, while other students were still relishing the summer, our athletes were getting in shape physically and mentally to prepare for the school year. They are the pride of Cumberland!

At Cumberland County College, our culture around athletics is to embrace the whole athlete. We see our athletes not as students but as scholars. We see them as people who are gifted in sports in a way that most of us aren’t but whose career and success in life will depend not just on their athleticism and their physical ability, but also on their intellectual might. So, we cultivate them as scholar athletes.

As one who has been athletically-challenged all my life, I have a deep appreciation not just for the ability of our athletes but also for their contributions to our campus culture and campus life. Our athletes consistently demonstrate a high level of discipline and ability to focus, to work as a team as well as independently, to balance their commitment to the sport and their academics, and to support one another. Most importantly, they show grace in defeat and in success. They know how to deal with failure. They know how to pick themselves back up and try again. They are resilient and they show grit on and off the field. There is a lot that our campus, that our non-athletes, learn every day from these gifted female and male scholars on campus.

I look forward to attending more of our men’s and women’s games and to cheering on our talented athletes in success and in defeat, on the field and on social media because I know the effort that they put in. Here’s to our scholar athletes! You are Cumberland’s pride.

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