Calvin Director of Athletics Dr. Jim Timmer Addresses Knight Nation

Calvin Director of Athletics Dr. Jim Timmer Addresses Knight Nation

Dear Knight Nation,

It has taken me some time for me to respond to our global health crisis as it relates to Calvin Athletics. To be honest, I just didn't know what to say to our student-athletes, particularly our seniors, our coaching staffs, our fans and all the people that work behind the scenes to make sure Calvin athletics operates smoothly.  In some ways, sports seem so trivial at a time when our world fights off a global pandemic.

We are faced with so many bigger life questions. Is my family safe? friends? co-workers? How are we going to get through this? What is normal?  I have reflected on these questions and struggled because ….I WANT ANSWERS!!!  I have come to realize however that this is a different battle we are fighting. Answers are hard to give and even when we are given answers they change by the hour. 

Trust is a word we use around athletics all the time. Coaches, spouses, teammates, and parents all know that trust is foundational to any meaningful relationship and is crucial in this fight. For me, I am going to trust in God!!! Knight Nation, I hope you will join me in placing our faith and hope in our Creator.

As for sports ... I MISS THEM!!!  Calvin athletics is and will always be a huge part of our collective lives. I find myself dreaming about future seasons.  Teams competing in full swing with others earnestly preparing for their upcoming campaigns. I can't wait and I know Knight Nation can't wait. … BUT we have some work to do before we get there.

We must do our part in this battle against COVID-19. This is as tough an opponent as we have faced in our lifetime.  We must pull together, fight like underdogs, follow instruction, and win this war. In the upcoming weeks, I hope you will see Calvin athletics be the "tip of the spear," in Calvin University's comeback story. We want to bring hope, fun, laughter, information, and inspiration. Please follow Calvinknights.com, @calvinknights (twitter, Instagram) along with your favorite team's social media site, and we will help get you through the upcoming weeks.

I want to leave you with these words of encouragement from Philippians 4 ...

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

God Bless you and your family and stay safe

Jim Timmer - Calvin University Director of Athletics