Updated: Oct 27
Ohio Wesleyan President Matt vandenBerg participated in a 6 a.m. lift with the Ohio Wesleyan Women's basketball team.
The president got an inside look on how hard these players work on and off the court.
The women's basketball team gets after it all preseason, music is loud and they work hard to become stronger. Just because vandenBerg was there, the demeanor of the lift did not change. And there were plenty of positive touches going around to encourage one another.
vandenBerg was partnered with senior Kasey Schipfer. She was able to demonstrate and show the president how to do things and guide him through the way the OWU women's basketball team gets it done.
“I would say it was really cool to see how involved he was in learning new lifts and willing to be out of his comfort zone a little bit to get a real feel of how we complete our lifts every week,” Schipfer said.
The team continuously pushes each other to get better. Not only in the lifting room, but on the court as well. The players were excited to see and hear that vandenBerg was going to take the time especially at 6 a.m. in the morning to participate in a lift. Photo courtesy of vandenBerg's Instagram.
“I directly experienced how this team is extra gritty and able to retain focus and power through challenge,” vandenBerg said.
Alexandria Magers, an OWU sophomore, liked the effort the new president put into the lifting session.
“I thought it was really cool how he wanted to get involved with the program. I also thought it was interesting how he wanted to get to know us and what we do to prepare for the upcoming season. I feel that it helped us get to know who he was, and it helped form a relationship with the team,” Magers stated.
vandenBerg not only invests time in typical president stuff but he invests time in the student body. He reaches out and is willing to get to know them by participating in sports teams’ workouts and practices. He is setting the standards high and making Ohio Wesleyan a better place.