BOCA RATON, Fla. – The 2018-19 academic school year began on Monday and Lynn University's athletic department welcomed back its 300-plus student-athletes with the Third Annual Spirit, Service, Strength Conference presented by adidas on Wednesday evening.
"Spirit, Service and Strength is the brand of Lynn University Athletics," said Director of Athletics Devin Crosby. "It's important our student-athletes be reminded how special it is to be a Fighting Knight and the expectations of honor, humility and excellence we each uphold on a daily basis."
Set in the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center, the Spirit, Service, Strength Conference brings all of the Fighting Knights student-athletes together to discuss the pillars of the athletic department while engaging them in lively discussions through guest speakers.
The night was opened with a recognition of the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Champions by Director of Athletics Devin Crosby and moved into a welcome by President Dr. Kevin M. Ross.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) co-presidents Conrad Rhein and Kristina Ortiz and men's basketball athlete Daniel Cooper gave impassioned speeches about honor, loyalty, humility, empathy, excellence, maturity and respect, all core values of Spirit, Service and Strength. Head swimming coach Niki Alvarez also took the podium to discuss the importance of being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Additional speakers on the evening were Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications Chad Beattie to impart the importance of being responsible on social media, Associate Director of Athletics Sara Quatrocky introduced the CARE team of athletic trainers, academic support staff and mental health professionals while Associate Director of Athletics Jon Lobbe discussed Lynn's partnership with adidas.
Newly-appointed Assistant Athletics Director of Compliance Jennifer Stearsman closed out the night with a heartfelt story about her decision to join Lynn and how a fateful meeting in 2014, when the Fighting Knights men's soccer team defeated her old institution Young Harris, showed her that Lynn was committed to excellence and that she was eager to join an environment with those ideals.
Check out some of the highlights below or the full photo album on Facebook HERE.