Athletics at Neumann

The Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character DevelopmentAll Varsity Teams have a chaplain.
Team Chaplains are volunteer faculty, staff and administrators at Neumann University. The Chaplain supports student-athletes with their athletic, academic, personal and spiritual life often having a positive impact on their performance. The Team Chaplain makes athletics at Neumann University special by being available to the student-athlete and offering a prayer during practices and/or games. He or she is encouraged to involve the team in community service and Evenings of Reflection.

Each student-athlete is commissioned.
At the start of every sport season, teams are commissioned at a Sunday Evening Liturgy. “Commissioning” means that each student-athlete is blessed and pledges to compete passionately and act with respect, integrity and perseverance. The Commissioning Mass provides an opportunity for the entire Neumann Community to come together in prayer and thanksgiving.

Each student-athlete acts in service with their teammates.
Each team finds a unique way to be of service in our community. For example, through a partnership with Drexel Neumann Academy, an Independent Catholic School in Chester, PA, teams may spend after-school hours running sports clinics and sharing of their gifts with elementary school students.

Each team attends an Evening of Reflection.
Individual teams, along with their coaches and chaplain, gather in the middle of their season to pause, pray and be together. The hope is that, through use of a different theme each year, athletes are given time to unplug from the busyness of their lives and see themselves and their teammates with new perspective.

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