Next Generation Campaign
Together, with your help, we will be able to expand MCC’s impact as well as provide safer and more modern facilities for our students through the funding of the Next Generation Campaign. Manhattan Christian College is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that educates, equips, and enriches Christian leaders. All contributions are tax-deductible and helps reach people for Christ.
The world needs more Christian leaders who live with integrity and have the heart to serve. The Next Generation Campaign and the construction of a multi-purpose Activity Center at the corner of 14th and Laramie will improve the visibility of Manhattan Christian College and help recruit more students, enhance student life and help retain more students, and enlarge the space available for leadership training both inside and outside the classroom.
Since 1927, MCC has been a Christian institution for higher learning. Accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission as well as the Association of Biblical Higher Education, we train Christian leaders how to put Christ first in their lives and how to influence those around them. With more than 2,100 graduates serving in many different professions, MCC remains committed to its original mission and purpose to impact the state of Kansas and the world for Christ.
Since 1947, athletics had been a part of the overall leadership training program and MCC has been renting city facilities. Scheduling practices and games has always been challenging, but as the interest in competitive youth sports has grown and the city programming has expanded to meet the needs, we have had to adjust our schedules. The city facilities are booked during the evening hours so that means at the beginning of basketball season the men’s team practices from 10:00 p.m.-midnight and our women’s team practices from 6:00-8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Despite not having any athletic facilities of our own, the MCC athletic program has been consistently recognized nationally. Our eight varsity sports compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association and the Midwest Christian College Conference. To date, we have won 10 National Championships, 36 NCCAA Regional Championships, and 50 MCCC Championships. In addition, 74 of our Thunder athletes have been recognized as First Team All-Americans.
One-third of the MCC student body is involved in our athletic program. It is important for us to provide student-athletes an opportunity to use the gifts and abilities that God has given them to compete and represent the college as well as practice the very practical life-long skills of teamwork and leadership.
One-fourth of the student body is involved in the fun and competitive team building activities in the intramural program throughout the year. Without gym space on campus, city facilities are rented on a limited schedule to offer these events. Students have to carpool or drive their own car to participate since none of these facilities are within walking distance of the campus. Again, access to an Activity Center would increase the number of students participating in intramurals as well as allow us to expand the number of sports that we offer.
Now is the time to provide the tools needed to reach and retain more students.
Shawn Condra, Director of Athletics and Head Men's Basketball Coach, gives perspective, " Since 1947, athletics has been a part of the overall leadership training program here at Manhattan Christian College. Scheduling practices and games has always been challenging without our own facility, but as the interest in competitive youth sports has grown and the city programming has expanded to meet those needs, it has become increasingly harder. The city facilities are booked during the evening hours so that means at the beginning of basketball season our men’s team practices from 10:00 p.m.-midnight and our women’s team practices from 6:00-8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Despite not having any athletic facilities of our own, the MCC athletic program has been consistently recognized nationally.
Ben Grogg, Director of Student Life, says, "Rain or shine, the Activity Center will provide the space needed for student life events to occur. Whether it is small group training, the opportunities fair, special worship services, fitness classes, intramurals, or family weekend, the extra elbow room will increase both the capacity and the variety of activities that MCC is able to offer to students."
April Wendt, Director of Church Relations comments, "The larger space in the Activity Center will allow MCC to continue enriching church leaders outside of the traditional classroom through a wide variety of popular events and leadership training opportunities offered throughout the year."
Genae Denver, Director of Alumni, "Having an Activity Center and a home court on our campus will be like a dream come true for all of the alumni who played or watched our athletic teams in the City Auditorium over the decades. This larger space will give MCC new freedom to be creative about enhancing the entire campus experience. Alumni games, reunions, receptions, and celebrations will also benefit from this new latitude."