The History of Olivet Athletics

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Drawing from newspaper and yearbook entries, photographs, personal interviews, and other documents in the University Archives collections, University Archivist, Tina Simmons, writes an engaging overview of athletic activities at Olivet Nazarene College, and later, University. This engaging history includes intramural competitions, the initiation of intercollegiate teams, mascots, fans, and profiles of “Game Changers” Carlton Birchard, Wendy Parsons, Butch Ward, Larry Watson and Ralph Hodge. Throughout this history of games and competition, spiritual life and Christ-like character for players, coaches, and administrators shines as a constant thread.

This 75-page, color, magazine makes the perfect gift for friends of Olivet. It is available as a soft-bound magazine or an electronic file. A small portion of the sale price returns to Benner Library in order to support maintenance of the collection, further outreach efforts, and support for public inquiries to the University Archives. Preview seleted pages of The History of Olivet Athletics

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