Crossroads League Hosts Champions of Character Event
By: Nathan Bellman, Crossroads League Assistant Commissioner
HARTFORD CITY, Ind. —The 2nd annual Crossroads League Women’s Soccer All-Star match took place this past Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.
The match consisted of student-athletes who were named All-Crossroads League performers this fall as well as an All-Star representative from each team.
The event began with a food drive for a local food bank—St. Martin’s Community Center. Five large boxes of canned food items were collected to support their mission.
Following the food drive, the Crossroads League Women’s Soccer Coaches and the All-League/All-Star representatives ran a free clinic for the Marion Lightening Club. A variety of drills were done to help the kids with their skills. The coaches and student-athletes also had a discussion with the kids about being Champions of Character (The NAIA’s Champions of Character core values are: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, and Servant Leadership).
After the clinic the All-League and All-Star selections played a 60-minute match to close the event out.
Christy Young, University of Saint Francis Women’s Soccer Coach, commented, “It’s a great day for our league to join together to support the community and also for coaches and players to get to know each other better.”
After the event the Crossroads League coaches and players had a dinner together. Dr. John Bratcher, IWU’s Head Women’s Soccer Coach who retired at the end of the season, shared a few words of wisdom with the players. “I challenged the returning players to get better, graduating players to give back, and for all players to be thankful,” said Bratcher.
He concluded, “One of the highlights of the event was watching our Crossroads League players get to know each other and have fun together.”