Point University Reaches NAIA Baseball College World Series for First Time in School History
Former Atlanta Christian College Team Must Raise $20,000 to Fund Trek to May 27 National Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho
The Point University baseball team made history on May 20 when it became the first No. 5 seed in the history of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the win an opening round championship and advance to the NAIA World Series. Point defeated No. 1 seed Campbellsville University in its opening-round bracket 2 – 1 to advance to the NAIA World Series for the first time in school history.
In the midst of preparing for spring semester finals, the Skyhawks team—and seemingly the entire student body at the four-year liberal arts, Christian university’s West Point campus—have quickly pulled together to launch a fundraising campaign to raise the $20,000 needed to make the trip to Lewiston, Idaho.
The Skyhawks baseball roster includes several student-athletes from metro-Atlanta, including players from Conyers, Covington, Fairburn, Griffin, Locust Grove, Marietta, Newnan, Sharpsburg, Rex and Atlanta proper.
“A World Series appearance is every baseball player’s dream, no matter the level of competition,” said Skyhawks baseball head coach Jeremy Christian, who is in his second season at Point University. “We’re asking anyone who has a connection to our university or who wants to support these student-athletes who seek to be positive points of influence in their world—through the way they compete on the field, perform in the classroom or, ultimately, excel in the workplace—to give and help them reach the pinnacle of their sport.”
There are three ways to give to help the Skyhawks achieve their dream:
- Visit Point.edu/give and under Designation choose “athletics”
- Mail a personal check with “Road to Idaho” noted in the memo (checks should be sent to 507 W 10th St., West Point, Ga. 31833 Attn: Advancement)
- Visit GoFundMe.com/Skyhawks, which displays the team’s progress toward reaching its fundraising goal
The Skyhawks entered last Friday’s matchup versus Campbellsville with an undefeated record in the double-elimination, opening-round tournament—having already earned wins over No. 4 seed Taylor University, Campbellsville and No. 2 seed University of South Carolina-Beaufort.
Point University earned a bid to the NAIA Opening Round after making a run to the championship game of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament. The Skyhawks opened the tournament with a win over Truett-McConnell before picking up two wins against NAIA No. 21 Bryan College to advance to the tournament championship game. The Skyhawks eventually fell to the NAIA’s fifth-ranked team, Tennessee Wesleyan, in the conference final but clinched a bid to the NAIA World Series nonetheless.
The Blue and Gold is on a roll heading into the World Series, winning nine of its past 12 games and 23 of its last 34. Point received the No. 10 seed in the 10-team World Series and will face No. 7 seed Sterling College on Friday, May 27 at 9 a.m. The World Series will be held at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho, for the 17th consecutive season.
Formerly known as Atlanta Christian College, Point University was located in the Atlanta suburb of East Point from the school’s founding in 1937 until it relocated its main residential campus in 2012 to West Point, an hour southwest of Atlanta. The move was made to accommodate the future growth of its student body, athletic offerings and physical campus, and better position the university to draw students from more areas of the Southeast. The university continues to offer accelerated adult-degree programs at metro-Atlanta locations in Lindbergh City Center, McDonough and Peachtree City.
About Point University
Point University is a four-year liberal arts, Christian university serving the next generation of cultural leaders motivated to live out their faith in the marketplace. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), Point University offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in 24 areas of study for full-time, traditional students as well as accelerated degrees for adult learners. The university’s main campus is located in West Point, Georgia, and it offers accelerated adult-degree programs at locations in West Point, Peachtree City, Atlanta, McDonough, Savannah, and Birmingham, Alabama. Point University equips its students to be points of influence in all vocations. Follow Point University at Point.edu, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.