Why "Courage to Compete"?
The courage to compete is something that every athlete has, whether they realize it or not. Not everyone is willing to work every day in practice and then go to a competition and face others who have worked just as hard, or harder, and always have the possibility of failure in front of them. It takes a tremendous amount of strength to stand on the baseline of the tennis court and look over, seeing the opponent ready, calculating how they can win the next point, when the athlete knows in her heart that the point should be hers. It takes courage to walk up to the free throw line with less than a minute left in the game, knowing that the fate of the team rests on the shots that are about to be taken. This is a risk that all individuals can take, but every athlete at Mary Baldwin College does this on a regular basis.
After graduation, this courage carries over. Many of the athletes at Mary Baldwin are part of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, known as VWIL, which is an ROTC program. Many of them are commissioned into the military upon graduation, and go on to face challenges for their country. This is outstanding courage.
All of the athletes at Mary Baldwin College have this courage. Competition exists in all aspects of life: individuals must compete for jobs, compete for promotions. Our athletes who go into business or politics will have to compete to have their voice heard. They will have to make important decisions, and they will feel the pressure just as they did on the free throw line or at the baseline. Our athletes interested in the sciences will have their ideas challenged, and they will have to work to support their ideas. Several athletes want to go into social work, and they will need courage to go into the situations to help these individuals.
The courage to do all of these things begins in athletics. This courage begins when these young women choose to join a team at Mary Baldwin College. They affirm their commitment and dedication, and are willing to sacrifice themselves for the team.
We proudly affirm this culture in our athletic program by using the phrase “courage to compete”, as a symbol of the dedication of our athletes to what they do on the court and field, and beyond.
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Welcome to the Booster Club Site
Here at Mary Baldwin, we believe that top notch education and superior athletic programs go hand-in-hand. We strive to provide competitive opportunities for our young women while supporting their educational endeavors. Our administrators and coaches have a strong commitment to providing our student athletes with the tools necessary for success.
This year, MBC will launch its first ever Booster Club. As a former athlete yourself, we are inviting you to become one of its first members!
The mission of the club will be to encourage academic and athletic excellence. By providing support to all six sports programs at MBC, you will help cover the many expenses that fall outside of our yearly budgets. From new dugouts for the softball field to “break trips” for the athletes (reducing missed class time due to travel), your support will help our student-athletes shine both in their contests and in the classroom.
The club will also serve as a networking system to help spread information on upcoming events and recent accomplishments regarding our team competitions. The Booster Club has its own webpage where you will be able to access information on what the club has been doing on campus. For more details on the Booster Club, check us out under the “traditions” tab on the newly-designed athletics site!
Your support is vital to the success of our student-athletes at Mary Baldwin! To join our Booster Club, simply fill out the application form and send it along with your annual membership fee of $25.00 and any additional donation that you wish to make to:
Mary Baldwin College Athletics
P.O. Box 1500
Staunton, VA 24402
You may also donate online here.
You will not only be joining a great group of individuals that share your school spirit, but you will also support our current athletes and make a positive difference in their college careers.
Thank you for your support,
Sharon B. Spalding, M.Ed.
Director of Athletics and Wellness
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I remember when...
I started the first MBC track team in 1984; although short lived we had 3 members on the team : myself and 2 others. Great to know there is a track club now. -Jeanine Holmes Thomas