As classes have begun online this week I know that the shock of the abrupt end to our athletic seasons still resonates. While the NCAA decision was made to help combat a global public health crisis, this does not mean that the change does not hurt, as you have worked incredibly hard only to not be able to see the full fruit of your labor.
My heart especially goes out to the seniors who had their spring seasons cut short and don't plan on returning next year to use the extra year of eligibility the NCAA has granted to all spring athletes. We will still have many opportunities to be together in the future, be it at athletic events, homecoming, or team-specific gatherings. You will always be a part of the rich tradition and history here at Covenant.
I also cannot say enough about the resiliency and character displayed by you as student-athletes while you transition to the College's online learning processes to continue your spring semester coursework. While there has been so much disappointment, frustration, and anxiety, you have transitioned with maturity and purpose. I want to thank our coaches and staff who are working around the clock to serve our student-athletes as they not only adjust academically, but as they deal with the suspension of competition, practices, and workouts. Our coaches and staff have truly stepped up during a difficult period, as they focus on our student-athletes and care for their own families as well.
As I've reflected on this, it brought to mind a conversation I had earlier this semester. I was speaking with a mentor, Tony, about my career aspirations. I told Tony that I planned to be at Covenant long term, and asked him how he was able to be the AD at a Christian Division III institution for 30 years before he retired.
While he answered my question, he also challenged me to allow room for God to change my plans. Although I may hope to be the AD here for the next 30 years, Tony is right in that I need to have more faith in Jesus than I do in my job (or you in your sport). This was further imprinted on me earlier this month when I had the expectation that we were set to have a great spring sports season, and I had not left room for God to change those plans.
In Tony's words, I need to see with God's eyesight, not my own. I need to be quick to see things from the perspective of the King. But how can we learn to see with the eyes of Christ? I must listen to his voice. I need to be in tune with him through his word, through prayer, and through the community, he has provided.
Although our daily lives will look different for a season, it is also an opportunity for us to reset our schedules to make more time for Christ. Imagine if we all did this. Imagine what our campus would look like when we returned together in the fall. I can't wait!
Dr. Tim Sceggel, '06
Director of Athletics