Austin College sports teams support the whole student—in the classroom and on the field.Through 16 varsity programs – from baseball and soccer to volleyball and football - AC Athletics provides a continued or new athletics experience for some ‘Roos. First and foremost, these student athletes are able to compete while earning a quality education. And Division III scholarships are academic, which is where you the donor comes in: your gifts support, in part, the 25% of the student body who play varsity sports.
Meet Alvin Michael '15
Study, study, study. That’s all Alvin Michael ’15 remembers about high school. But that non-stop studying got him into college—Austin College, along with significant scholarship support from generous donors.
Once on campus, he focused on health sciences and prospects for a medical career. Yet, Alvin wanted something more from his Austin College experience. He dreamed of playing basketball, despite never participating in team sports.
Freshman year, he made the ’Roo team—all 6’ 8” of him. In no time, basketball began teaching Alvin new lessons. He became a time management expert of sort. He broadened his circle of friends. And quickly Alvin realized the game he loved was something to share, especially with children at the Boys and Girls Club, where he volunteered.
Following his junior year, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court recognized Alvin for his academic achievement, while playing forward for the ’Roos. An early graduation followed—with a 3.89 grade point average.
Now Alvin’s headed to Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He wants to be a pediatric dentist, which means 4-6 more years of studying, at least.
There is no question the positive impact Athletics has on student life at Austin College – for athletes and other students alike. For the athlete, the development of teamwork, communication, self-confidence, and leadership skills in a competitive environment directly prepares them for the workplace. For the campus community, the strong sense of community and pride fosters life-long ties to Austin college. Your gifts in support of athletics touch every student on campus.