Central Christian College’s tennis program had two athletes selected recently by the NCCAA for the Ministry Athlete Award.
The Ministry Athlete Award is a national award given to student athletes who, in addition to their class load and playing varsity tennis, also find time to volunteer with a local ministry.
This is the third year in a row that a CCC Tiger tennis player has received the honor. Former Tiger Nathan Vanderhoof was a two time recipient.
This year the Tigers had two seniors, one from each team, qualify for the award in Kristen Reith and Josh Schneider.
Reith is an exercise science major from McPherson.
She is an NAIA and NCCAA Scholar All-American, and has served her local church the last two years as a worship leader.
She has also served as an HBC small group leader on campus.
Schneider is a youth ministry major from Clearlake, Iowa. He is an NAIA and NCCAA Scholar All-American, and has served as a youth ministry intern at “The Father’s House” in Hutchinson, assisting their youth group in a variety of capacities.
“I am very happy for Josh and Kristen,” Central tennis coach Jeremy Nelson said. “This is a great honor, and both are very deserving of it.”
Nelson has enjoyed his time with Reith and Schneider over the last four years.
“Both have displayed a true heart for serving the Lord and serving others,” Nelson said. “We are going to miss their servant leadership next year, but hopefully their actions will inspire others to carry on their legacy.”