Military Athletes Urged to Attend BC
Bluefield College has partnered with Athletes of Valor in an effort to drive an authentic and efficient enrollment process for transitioning military members. The partnership specifically encourages military athletes who are interested in playing at the collegiate level to consider Bluefield College as the next phase in their life.

Military Athletes Urged to Attend BC

By Chris Shoemaker | February 6, 2018 | RSS

Bluefield College has partnered with Athletes of Valor in an effort to drive an authentic and efficient enrollment process for transitioning military members.

The partnership specifically encourages military athletes who are interested in playing at the collegiate level to consider Bluefield College as the next phase in their life.

According to Athletes of Valor, when veterans transition back into civilian life, the comraderies and tight-knit relationships they found in service are hard to replicate. By providing services to veterans through partnerships with select colleges and universities, like Bluefield, more will consider going to college to earn a degree where they might also find the structure of college sports a familiar environment in which to succeed.

“We can fundamentally change the way military members transition out of service,” said Alex Stone, former Marine and founder and chief executive officer of Athletes of Valor. “It’s a struggle; I know firsthand. You wonder what you are going to do with this new phase of your life, and the readjustment presents some unique challenges.”

A private Christian college in southwest Virginia, Bluefield College is already well known for its service to military personnel. The college has been consistently named a Military Friendly college by Military Advanced Education, the leading journal of higher learning for the nation’s armed forces. BC is also a participant of the military Yellow Ribbon Program, designed to improve financial aid for veterans participating in the Post 9/11 GI Bill. In addition, the school has been recognized by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni as one of just 22 colleges in America with an A-rated core curriculum and by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Top Tier Colleges in the South.

Committed to providing exceptional higher education and service to the men and women of our armed services, Bluefield College offers 41 programs of study led by caring professors who provide the individual attention students need to succeed. Because the college knows the values most important to service members and their dependents, it places significant emphasis on military culture, financial aid, flexibility, and online support and on-campus support.

As part of its athletics program, Bluefield offers 16 intercollegiate sports teams, including baseball (men), basketball (men and women), cheerleading (women), cross country (men and women), football (men), golf (men), soccer (men and women), softball (women), tennis (men and women), volleyball (men and women), and wrestling (men).

“Collegiate sport participation acts as a vehicle for a successful transition, and we are excited to have Bluefield College,” added Stone. “The academic and athletic opportunities at Bluefield College are an incredible opportunity for a transitioning service-member.”

For more information about the Athletes of Valor and Bluefield College partnership, visit the BC portal on the Athletes of Valor web site.

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