Like other college athletes across the country, Christendom’s student-athletes are looking at a dramatically different sports season this fall. Official games are currently postponed for all varsity sports, with only a few scrimmages left on the calendar. Despite the change in schedule, the college’s athletics department is striving to help student-athletes stay fit and healthy during this important fall semester by boosting the college’s strength and conditioning offerings and continuing team practices throughout the fall.

The college’s athletics department had hoped to have games for student-athletes this fall, going so far as to draw up schedules for each of the teams. As the summer progressed, however, it became clear that official games would not be possible. Rather than have nothing for the student-athletes, athletic director Patrick Quest pivoted to make the fall more of a “pre-season” format, with increased strength and conditioning sessions with local partner Performance Sport and Spine and continued practices for all teams throughout the fall.

“Dr. Jeremy Busch and Strength Coach Justin have been frequenting campus since August 17 during the Fall Sports minicamps,” says Quest. “Now, in the afternoons prior to the various practices, they are working to assess, tape, and do physical therapy with the various student-athletes that need their assistance. With over one-hundred fall student-athletes, both Jeremy and Justin are staying busy.”

The college’s soccer, volleyball, rugby, and cross-country teams are practicing 3-4 days a week, with the teams also working closely with Performance Sport and Spine to do baseline tests for all the athletes, resulting in programs to improve strength, mobility, agility, speed, and quickness — making all of the athletes healthier and preventing injuries as well. With the increased need to boost immune systems, these opportunities are helping not just the student-athletes, but the entire campus stay healthier as a whole.

While there are no official games on the schedule, the athletics department did manage to put together a few scrimmages for teams with other local schools. The men’s and women’s soccer teams will compete against local Patrick Henry College three times this fall, beginning at home on September 19, while the women’s volleyball team will compete in two tri-matches in October. The men’s and women’s cross-country teams, meanwhile, will compete in several 5K races in September and October as well. All scrimmages will remain closed to the public.

For the rest of the campus, the athletics department is also offering a robust intramural sports program this fall, giving the entire student body the opportunity to work out and play in friendly competitions. Dodgeball will be offered, along with soccer, volleyball, kickball, ultimate frisbee, and bag toss as well.

While the fall sports schedule looks different, the motto of Christendom’s athletics department remains the same: “for the love of the game and the glory of God.” No matter the format of this season, the college’s student-athletes will continue striving to be the best versions of themselves, both on the field and off, thanks to the tireless efforts of the college’s athletics department.

For more information on Christendom’s athletics, please visit christendomathletics.com.

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