Schedule for 2009 BIC Sports Tournament released

GRANTHAM, Pa. (March 10, 2009)Over half a century ago, D. Ray Hostetter initiated the first Brethren in Christ Sports Tournament at Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.). From an original five-team basketball competition, the upcoming 2009 tournament will include 37 basketball teams, 27 women’s volleyball teams, 15 coed indoor soccer teams, and a number of table tennis teams. Almost 40 churches within a two-hour radius of the college will send athletes to the tournament, which will take place over the school’s spring break from March 13-21.

Dennis Weller, tournament director, explains that “the tournament’s early goals were to have people [visit] Messiah College and to provide a place where people could practice being like Christ in the crucible of competition.” These same goals remain at the heart of the 2009 tournament. As athletes forge friendships with their teammates and with players from other teams, they also discover a “sense of being involved in something larger in the kingdom,” Dennis comments.

To view a schedule for the 2009 Tournament, click here.