Wearing their Sunday clothes instead of team uniforms, participants in the competitive sports program gathered in the Oscar A. Kirkham Auditorium for an afternoonside on May 24.

A number of speakers spoke on the goal of competitive sports this semester as well as what is expected from students playing competitive sports.

The afternoonside is a devotional held once during the semester and athletes, coaches and other volunteers are asked to attend. They are taught the value of serving others as well as the importance of showing good honor and integrity.

The main speaker on Thursday was Kip Harris, the dean of students at BYU-Idaho, who also works as a baseball umpire.

Brother Harris started the devotional with the Competitive Sports stewardship statement:  “Competitive Sports provides opportunities for individuals to develop personal honor in a disciplined team environment.”

Players can work together with their team, serve one another and lift each other.

Many in attendance said that it was a beneficial meeting. One of the things that was mentioned at the devotional was how building honor and character can help you become a better disciple.

“They were trying to build personal honor and ultimately bring people closer to Jesus Christ,” said Stephanie Smoot, a senior studying art.

Smoot said that she has seen this happen first hand.

“I’ve seen that happen while playing a sport, so remember that while you’re playing or coaching in your sports,” said Smoot.

Brother Harris said that students should reach out to others and lift one another.

“If you’re involved in competitive sports and all you think about is yourself, you’re doing it wrong,” Harris said. “In your roles as leaders, reach out and touch other students. Take time to be an influence for good, one person at a time.”

Harris had several students share their experiences of reaching out to lift and encourage fellow students. He also shared spiritual lessons he had learned through participation in sports.

“There’s not a single one of us that is entitled to be here; it’s a privilege,”Harris said.
Dustin Miller, a junior studying exercise physiology, serves as one of the program’s directors. He enjoys particpating in the sports offered on campus.

“Competitive sports has been the best experience I’ve had as a student at BYU-Idaho,” Miller said.

Miller encouraged all students to join the Competitive Sports program. He believes it will improve the life of anyone involved and will bring more happiness into their life. For a list of the competitive sports offered and a schedule of coming games students can visit www.byui.edu/activities.