The future has already begun for Sarah Bowles.
This past March, the MACU senior began working an internship as Youth Minister at Cherry Avenue Christian Church in Charlottesville, VA. As she will be graduating May 2017 with a degree in Youth and Family Ministries, it's a natural step for the youngest of five children. "My experiences (at Cherry Avenue) confirm that this is what I'm supposed to do," says Sarah. "I oversee activities from third through twelfth grades, so it's a big responsibility. I have scheduled youth events through the rest of the year, picked curriculum, and recruited volunteers. And I'm using the stuff I've learned in my MACU classes. There's no fooling the kids. Kids can tell if your faith is genuine."
But it's Sarah's past that will be remembered Tuesday night at Chesson Gym when the Mustangs host Trinity Washington. She has played all four years at MACU, first for Coach Paul Pipkin and now for first year skipper Kellie Kessler. Sarah says she misses Pipkin, but the program is headed in the right direction.
"It's nice having a female coach because she understands girls. And she really knows the fundamentals of the game. She has us do drills a lot. You hate it while you're doing it, but you're glad you did it at game time." Sarah has been playing since eighth grade and hopes to coach on the high school level someday.
As for college classes, she adds that "not every day in college is easy. You have ups and downs. But I came to the right school, where the professors have been there for me. I wouldn't have made it without everyone's help. Now I want to give back."
Sarah will be honored prior to the match with Trinity Washington, which begins Tuesday at 6:00pm. This is the final home match of the season for the Lady Mustangs - we hope to see everyone out and have a huge crowd to cheer the team on to victory!