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For the Love of “the Beautiful Game”

by Benjamin Skye | March 4, 2010 | Student Perspective 0 Comments

Silas Gan, one of our ELI 360 Students, is part of a group of students who will have the unique opportunity to kick-start the new men’s soccer program at Lubbock Christian University

In the fall semester of 2010, Lubbock Christian University will be launching its pioneering men’s soccer program. Soccer, known all over the world as “the Beautiful Game”, is beginning to emerge

Silas Gan from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Silas Gan from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

out of the shadows of the more popular American sports of football, basketball and baseball due to the recent excellent performances of the American men’s soccer team at various international competitions. With the sport becoming increasingly popular, it is no wonder that LCU has taken steps to initiate a program that will allow its students to compete at the intercollegiate level.

Lubbock Christian University’s athletic department began taking steps to introduce its intercollegiate men’s soccer program back in March of 2009, starting with the construction of an on-campus soccer facility, located north of the softball field and west of the current maintenance buildings. The official announcements were then made concerning the LSU Soccer program in the summer of 2009 followed by the beginning of the interview process on prospective coaches.

The LCU Chaparals will be competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and will be a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference. There are currently 218 NAIA schools that participate in men’s soccer, including all twelve Sooner Athletic Conference schools. Athletic and/or academic scholarships will be offered to student-athletes competing on the soccer team.

ELI 360 is excited about this program in view that one of its students, Silas Gan, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will have the opportunity to be involved in as one of the pioneers of this program. In view of this, ELI 360 has conducted a brief interview with Silas concerning his thoughts about playing for the LCU Chaps:

How do you feel about the prospect of playing for the LCU men’s soccer team

I am definitely excited at the thought of playing for the LCU varsity team as I have never represented a school or club at the competitive level before.

How long have you played soccer?

I have been playing soccer since I was in elementary school so that’s about a good 8-9 years now. I started out by playing with my brothers and a bunch of kids out at the neighborhood playground.

What position do you normally play?

I really enjoy getting involved with the offensive aspect of the game so I normally play as a winger or somewhere in midfield.

With tryouts starting in the spring of 2010 and the LCU soccer practices due to begin in August 2010, what are your thoughts about your chances of making the team?

My thoughts so far are pretty simple: to try my best to get back in shape and to be as fit as possible. I see this as an opportunity to prove to try and outdo myself. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter if I’m not the best on the team as long as I know that I am giving my 100% and trying every day be grow as an athlete.

The LCU men’s soccer program and Silas’ involvement are representative of the desire for ELI 360’s partner universities to be excellent institutions of higher education that promote holistic education. As these universities continue to grow and expand, it is evident that they desire to integrate the international students into the culture of the campus. ELI 360 would like to take this opportunity to wish the LCU soccer program and Silas Gan all the best as they embark on this new journey. May this be the first of many fresh opportunities for increased extra-curricular involvement among international students at the various ELI 360 partner universities.

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