With a wide range of athletic teams at CBU, including swim, wrestling and soccer, there is an even wider range of motivation for some athletes.
Since the start of California Baptist University the school has made its way up the ranks in athletics. In 2013, CBU became an official member of NCAA Division II and its programs have continued to flourish.
Chaylin Couzens, junior exercise science major and member of the women’s soccer team, said her love of the game motivates her the most.
“Sometimes it’s hard when you lose, but honestly it’s the love for the game,” Couzens said. “I’ve been playing since I was young and when it’s over, I’m going to miss it. I give
everything I have now, keep going and do the best thatI can.”
Nolan Kistler, sophomore criminal justice major and wrestler, said he started wrestling when he was 8 years old and loved it from the start. Kistler said wrestling
is a tradition in his family and many of his family members have been wrestlers.
“I believe it’s a way I can glorify God and showcase those talents,” Kistler said. “I meet a lot of people. I’ve always met people through wrestling. It’s a great community and people really reach out to you and you make connections that way.”