Message from the Athletic Director
Competing at the collegiate level is a privilege that approximately 200 young men and women are able to experience each year as they begin their academic careers at John Melvin University. The purpose of JMU athletics is to put a group of young men and women on a field or court and let them represent the values of their school with pride. JMU athletics provides a sense of community and entertainment and is essential to the university and student retention. Collegiate sports programs, just like professional sports, entertain crowds. 70% of higher education leaders agree that athletics is an important component of higher education.
Direct participants in JMU athletic programs will develop good habits of fitness, competitiveness, drive, discipline, and improve their relationship with God. What our athletes learn about teamwork, individual responsibility, determination, and goal-oriented tasks follow them into their future as they become able employees and successful businesspeople. Also, the friendships they form with teammates can follow far off the field or court. Even students merely shouting from the sidelines can be united in a common bond and develop lifelong commitments to their fellow students and their university.
Advancing Christian Athletes
John Melvin University will offer collegiate sports programs that use athletic competition as an integral component of education, faith, and encouragement. We currently offer 14 team sports programs with intention of adding more programs in the future. All of our athletes will be held to high academic standards.
In year one, JMU plans to compete as an independent conference. Following our first year, our goal is to apply to NAIA.
Track & Field
Track & Field