STUDENT ATHLETE EXPERIENCE
Emmanuel College Athletics will be distinguished by well-balanced student-athletes on and off the playing field. The value of higher education has a life-long effect on each individual student- athletes’ future success. Emmanuel College team members are more than just students and athletes, and it is the EC Athletic Department’s mission to develop balanced and successful individuals who will impact the world.
In efforts to foster well-rounded teams, the coaching staff will intentionally incorporate teaching opportunities throughout the season based on the six attributes of NCAA Division II Athletics: Balance, Learning, Service, Resourcefulness, Passion, and Sportsmanship.
SERVICE-DRIVEN AND COMMUNITY-MINDED TEAMS
Along with the NCAA Division II, Emmanuel College demonstrates the positive societal attitude through contributions to the community as well as the overwhelming personal growth from helping others. The coaching staff will help organize and guide his/her individual athletic teams in a minimum of two service projects per year (one per semester, if at all possible).
All efforts will be made to initiate student-athlete enthusiasm with planned projects. In efforts to be community-minded, projects should consider the Franklin Springs/ Royston communities first; however, special projects may involve other neighboring communities.
Student athletes will be given opportunities to expound on their community service experiences on their annual coaching evaluation forms.
We will strive to bring pride to our area through community relations, especially service projects. Project ideas are to be discussed with the coach initially then communicated with the Athletic Director for final approval.
Community service is one of the most important parts of the student-athlete’s experience at Emmanuel and we strive to develop well-rounded citizens who are willing to step in where help is needed. Each year our student-athletes are involved in various projects in and around Northeast Georgia. Through our SAAC and Student Life department, students have the opportunity to participate in or initiate numerous community events.
Community engagement is different than community service. The focus of community engagement is to invite the community to be a part of our campus environment and actively pursue community participation in campus events. Student-athletes are required to participate in these events. These events are scheduled through coaching staff, SAAC and Student Life. Student-athletes are encouraged to share new ideas for further community engagement.
SPIRITUAL LIFE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ATHLETICS
The student athlete is the Athletic Department’s number one priority. In keeping with our athletic mission statement, it is the Department’s desire for all students to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The coaching staff understands the importance of the athletic platform as a mission field to share the Gospel and ultimately see student athletes grow in their faith; therefore, the coaching staff is committed to intentionally fostering a community of spiritual development through our athletic teams.
Coaches will encourage student-athletes to attend all chapels, as those weekly events serve as productive springboards for discussion and growth within a team. When possible, coaches are encouraged to sit with their team, or team members during convocation. Spiritual development may also be fostered by, coach led Bible study/ devotionals, mission trip opportunities, coordinating with Spiritual Life for speakers and other activities, and the establishment of clear athletic expectations of each student-athlete,