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  • Olivet Nazarene University fields 20 intercollegiate teams that participate in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and enjoy the school's state-of-the-art athletic facilities, including the new 168,000-square-foot Student Life and Recreation Center.

    Thanks to dedicated coaches and athletes, these Tigers' athletic programs produce teams that are among the best performers in the country, both on the field and in the classroom.

    During the 2011-12 seasons: 

    • 11 ONU teams qualified for their respective NAIA national tournaments
    • 88 ONU student-athletes were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes
    • 66 ONU student-athletes were named to CCAC All-Academic teams during the spring season, the most of any school in the conference

    The success of Tigers' athletes doesn't stop after they leave Olivet, either. Former Tigers continue to tackle the athletic world: Ben Zobrist has maintained his fine play on the Major League baseball diamond for the Tampa Bay Rays, pole vaulter Mark Hollis competed in the 2012 Olympic trials and several soccer players — Joshua Ayers, Cory Miller and Brittany Hengesh — have started or continued their pro careers both in the U.S. and abroad.

    If you're interested in joining the Tigers' tradition of success, contact the coaching staff  and become part of Winning Championships, Developing Champions.


    “To Provide Opportunity for Ministry through Athletics”

    Olivet Nazarene University, a denominational university in the Wesleyan tradition, exists to provide a university level liberal arts “Education with a Christian Purpose.” In keeping with the traditional association of sports with education, intercollegiate athletics constitutes an integral and very visible part of Olivet’s educational and spiritual purpose. Our athletic program provides a link and rallying point to our community, students, faculty, and alumni. Therefore, our athletes can be among our finest ambassadors. They are given the daily opportunity to demonstrate that piety, scholarship, and competitiveness can effectively work together to provide opportunity for ministry through athletics.

    And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17