FCA on the “Messiness” of
Athletics and Life
Columbia International University Women’s
Soccer Coach Kara Farnsworth admits to having
a “messy” team. It has nothing to do with the
appearance of the locker room after practice.
She’s talking about athletics and life, and how
God saw her and the Lady Rams through the
first women’s soccer season in CIU history.
Farnsworth made the comments to dozens
of high school soccer coaches at a January
breakfast sponsored by a Columbia-area
chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Farnsworth encouraged the coaches to
continually make themselves available to God
and to allow Him to work in their weaknesses.
“We, from the outside, all look white and
shiny clean because that’s what we want the world to see,” Farnsworth said. She
went on to list some of the successes of CIU’s inaugural women’s soccer season:
a 7-7-1 record, receiving an at-large bid to the National Christian College Athletic
Association (NCCAA) National Championship, and receiving a sportsmanship award
for finishing the 2015 season without any red or yellow penalty cards.
However, for all of their successes, Farnsworth revealed that the season was full of
pain and messiness, including injuries, family troubles, personal trauma, and more.
However, in the pain, God still worked through them.
“[This team is] messy, and I looked at them, and thought, ‘How am I supposed to lead
them when I’m messy too?’” Farnsworth said. “Every day, we were in survival mode.
Can we get through today? Can we get through a practice without anyone crying?”
Farnsworth encouraged her fellow coaches to bring painful life situations to God, and
to allow Him to work through their weaknesses.
“We aren’t asked to be successful,” she said. “We’re asked to show up. We’re asked
to bring our strengths, weaknesses, and limitations, and step out of the way to let
God do the rest.”
Spring Musical: Little
CIU Players presented the classic, “Little
Women” in April featuring Kyle Neal as
Professor Fritz Bhaer, Emily Calder as Jo
March, and Bethany Stewart as Mrs. Kirk.
Women’s Cross Country
Team Recognized for
The Columbia International University
women’s cross country team has been
recognized as a National Christian
College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
The average GPA for team members
for the 2015 fall semester was 3.69. The
minimum requirement is a 3.4 average
GPA, something only 30 teams across the
NCCAA membership accomplished.
Alexis Zwilling, Raena Hannink, and
Karina Andreas were honored at the
national championships with individual
NCCAA scholar-athlete awards,
reserved for juniors and seniors who
meet academic and participation
requirements. It was the second such
award for each lady, having also won as
A CIU delegation travelled to
Jacksonville, Florida in April to confer
an honorary doctorate on a longtime
CIU friend. Raymond A. Ross Jr. was
awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters in
recognition of his distinguished service
as a Christian business leader and
philanthropist for Christian ministries.
Ross and his wife Jan co-founded a large
weekly home Bible study for retired
business and professional leaders and
their wives. They also established the
Ross Family Scholarship at CIU that
enables qualified students from Florida
to attend CIU.
Coach Kara Farnsworth speaks to
fellow coaches at an FCA breakfast at
Brookland-Cayce High School