Matthew’s parents were enthusiastic about their son getting a Christian education. Said Matthew, “They were confident that the Christian focus of the school would be positive in my life. They were right; coming to Trinity has been one of the best decisions of my life.”
Matthew’s experience at Trinity has been positive because of the Christian community here. He enjoys participating in theological debates with his roommates and friends, “not for the sake of arguing, but because we are passionate about our faith”. He also shares the story of a peer, who noticed that Matthew felt bad about a lackluster performance on the court due to an ankle sprain early this season and took the time to write him a letter of encouragement. “I keep that letter above my desk now as a reminder of the Christian community that I am a part of here at Trinity,” Matthew said.
As the new gym has become reality, Matthew and his teammates have begun to assess the changes that it will bring. Matthew listed a few of the things that will become mere memories: “I will remember the rims that were so forgiving, helping me make my free throws in practice. I will remember the locker room and the craziness of having to wait for the opposing girls’ team to leave our locker room before we could get in it.” He hastily added, “It may seem like I am complaining, but this is what made our gym unique and memorable. I have loved my experience on the team here at Trinity.”
When it comes to the new gym, Matthew sees a lot to anticipate. He looks forward to the two courts, which will make it easier for teams to arrange practice time. He is also excited about the new locker rooms and training facilities, and the fact that the increased space will allow Trinity to host more events and accommodate more people. “I believe that this new gym will elevate Trinity’s athletic program when it comes to availability, appearance, and community,” said Matthew. “As a student I believe that my experience at Trinity will only improve with more facilities and areas in which to play, fellowship, and grow. I will miss some aspects of the old gym, but I am thrilled to have a chance to play in the new one before I graduate.”
In addition to furthering his basketball career here at Trinity, Matthew is double-majoring in business and theology, preparing for a career in ministry. He is currently deciding which seminary he will attend.