AFLBS is filled with wonderful opportunities to reach out to those around us, expand our horizons, and build character. One of the programs that is a perfect example of these opportunities is the relatively new soccer program. Student-organized and student-led, the soccer teams participate in indoor soccer leagues at the nearby Ralia Sports Center. This year AFLBS fielded two teams. The men’s recreational team competed in two leagues, one at the end of the first semester and one at the beginning of the second semester, while the Co-Ed team competed only in the second semester league.
Playing on one of these teams is a great experience. The teams that we play are normally anything but Christian and it is always a great chance to be a witness through what we say as well as our actions and lifestyle. Our uniforms always have a cross right over each player’s heart. This is a very good reminder to us that no matter what happens our response should be as that of Christ as we are representing Him no matter where we go. It was also very encouraging to see how far the teams came in one year even though the majority of both teams had little to no experience with soccer. The added element of playing indoor instead of outdoor makes each and every game very exciting to go to.
The support for our soccer teams has skyrocketed since the program started a few years ago. Ultimately we would like to start competing at a collegiate level probably in the ACCA, but until we can establish the sport better and get a practice facility, that dream will be on hold.
I would strongly encourage any students who come here to consider playing on one of the teams. The lessons learned on the field as well as the constant chances to reach out to nonbelievers make this opportunity invaluable.