The CCU Men’s Basketball team wrapped up their season by competing in the NCCAA National Tournament last week. The team went 2-1, finishing in 5th place at the tournament held in Winnona Lake, Indiana at Grace College, losing only to the eventual National Champion. Not only did the team compete on the hardwood, they also made a difference in the lives of some local residents.
Before the tournament started, the players volunteered at Grace Village, a Christian assisted-living home. The players took the time to interact with residents—playing games with them, serving them dessert, and even taking residents for a spin around the dance floor. One of the residents was a military veteran and retired missionary to Africa named Robert. His way of life is hampered by a parasite in his leg that he acquired during his 30 years serving on the continent. Yet at the retirement home, he’s a positive influence; he ministers to his fellow residents and helps them memorize Scripture. He’s also pursuing a degree at nearby Grace College.
Junior guard DJ McCommons recounted his experience saying, “we had a great time with residents like Robert. The fact that he’s getting his degree in his 60’s is inspiring. Our team enjoyed the experience and it was nice to talk with them, serve them, and hear about their life stories. Serving at Grace Village was one of the best parts of the trip to the National Championship.”