NOTE: This is part of a series on athletics.covenant.edu with feature stories written by the student-athletes about their time at Covenant. The series is in conjunction with NCAA Division III Week (April 13-19), an annual event to celebrate the accomplishments on and off the field of student-athletes in the NCAA's largest division.
By Margo Koby
(Covenant '20; Women's Basketball and Women's Tennis)
For as long as I can remember, sports have played an integral role in my life.
I remember being in high school and not having a lot of desire to think about life after graduation, but knowing for certain I wanted to compete at a collegiate level. I had a great friend, Carl, who played soccer at Covenant and invited me to visit the school with him a couple of times.
I had no idea at that time just how special this college would become to me and the impact it would make on my life.
I ultimately decided on Covenant because of the intentional recruiting I experienced and because of the unique community development major offered at the school. From the time I stepped on campus to the very end, being a student-athlete at Covenant challenged and shaped me in every area of my life.
Throughout my four years, I experienced just about every role you could think of on a team: I have sat the bench, been a role player, been a key player, faced season-long injuries and been the only senior on a young team with more newcomers than returners. Because of coaches and teammates that consistently pointed me towards God's faithfulness, these were all experiences that shaped my character and taught me how to respond well to adversity. Additionally, they taught me to serve and treat others well, even when it is inconvenient and the last thing I feel like doing. In other words, I learned life is not about higher emotion, it is about deeper conviction.
My coaches were powerful examples of what it meant to boldly worship through sport and live a life that reflects Christ in every aspect.
What sticks out to me the most is the outpouring of love and support I received from incredible teammates and coaches throughout the years, on and off the courts. My coaches were powerful examples of what it meant to boldly worship through sport and live a life that reflects Christ in every aspect. I was also blown away by how supportive some of my professors were of my athletic endeavors. I can remember seeing them in the stands at a game or match and thinking about how special it was to have personal relationships with professors that had no obligation to me outside of the classroom. This type of care for students was far from uncommon in the community at the school.
It was an incredible honor to be a student-athlete at Covenant College. I am thankful to God for the gift it was to play for coaches that embodied Gospel humility and compete alongside friends that I will have for the rest of my life.