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"Victory in Christ"

Athletic teams prepare for their seasons with strong core values

Though a few more weeks remain before classes officially begin, over 60 student athletes are already on the Walla Walla University campus developing team camaraderie and preparing for their seasons. Ninety-six student athletes in total will play for WWU this year. 

Nestor Osorio, athletics director at WWU, has noticed much joy and excitement among the students and has observed many newcomers behaving as if they’ve already known their teammates for years. Alongside many returning coaches, the program is excited to welcome Mason Palmer as its new head golf coach and Jennifer Goodwin as its new women’s cross country coach. 

This year, WWU was named a five-star school in champions of character for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for the first time. According to Osorio, the NAIA’s values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership align directly with WWU’s vision for its athletic program. 

Servant leadership will be a central focus for the program during the upcoming school year. He explained that the many community service initiatives and spiritual retreats planned will bring the team members closer to God and to one another. “Our goal is to place Christ at the center of our program,” said Osorio.  

With an overall program grade point average of 3.32—one of the highest among collegiate student athletes in the country—and a growing program with 15 percent more athletes than last year, the WWU student athletes are joining teams that pursue excellence not only on the court, but in academics and emotional and spiritual wellbeing. 

Maintaining a mission-centered approach, the WWU athletics program promotes a healthy, balanced life—body, mind, and soul—for their athletes through sport. Athletic opportunities include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. Soccer and volleyball games are already underway this season. Find the schedule to attend a game at uwolves.com.

Posted Aug. 30, 2023

Playing soccer
Playing volleyball

12 ways to support your alma mater:

  1. Ask your employer to match a gift or talk to us about setting up a matching gift program where you work.
  2. Keep your contact information current with our office by submitting a Class Member Profile form so we know what you’ve been up to since your time at WWC/WWU.
  3. Add Walla Walla University in your estate plan.
  4. Send us the names of high school students you know who may be interested in quality Christian education.
  5. Nominate a fellow alumnus for Alumni of the Year.
  6. Share internship opportunities available at your company with our Student Development Center.
  7. Volunteer to talk with students interested in your company or industry.
  8. Come to WWU for homecoming weekend.
  9. Attend alumni events in your area.
  10. Display a WWU license plate holder and/or sticker on your car.
  11. Stay connected with faculty and staff you learned from at WWU. Some alumni even get involved with academic departments doing classroom presentations, seminars, panels, mock interviews, and more.
  12. Attend a Wolves game when WWU athletic teams play on the road near your home.