Sports: an Acceptable Alternative?

Speaker: Categories: Jul 15, 1989


[1hr, 4min, 37sec / 17min, 43sec]


Do you remember the day of the big game, the day when the seniors beat the alumni or when the seniors were royally beaten by the juniors? Do you also remember how much fun it might have been, how exciting it could have been, if your academy might have played the nearby academy -- just once?

And how about college days! Wouldn't it have been great if your school's volleyball, basketball, baseball, or (perish the thought!) football team might have played AUC, PUC, Walla Walla, SMC, Union, La Sierra (LLU), WMC, or EMC (Andrews) -- just once? Or at if your team played another Christian college team whose campus was just a few miles away?

Our July speaker notes: "The Seventh-day Adventist Church recommends that schools and churches refrain from participating in inter-organizational sports. While accepted and practiced by some of its members, this advice has been ignored by others for over twenty-five years. There is counsel in the "Spirit of Prophecy" concerning sports. We need to look at that counsel and see how it applies in metropolitan-based society in 1989. I would like to suggest that, due to the change in our lifestyle, the location of our schools, and the conditions of our society, a carefully controlled program by committed Christians and based upon a Christian philosophy of sport is an acceptable alternative for recreational activities in our schools and churches."


Dr. Walter Hamerslough received his bachelor's degree from Loma Linda University in 1958 with a major in Behavioral Science. His master's degree was earned at the University of Redlands in 1964 with an emphasis in Counseling Education. His doctorate was earned in 1971 from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in Motor Learning and a minor in Psychology.

His professional experience includes teaching seventh and eighth grades for two years and teaching academy for three years all in Southern California.· He has been a member of the faculty at Loma Linda University for twenty-six years, during which time he chaired the Physical Education Department for a decade. His current areas of teaching focus on Exercise Physiology, Principles of Fitness, and Motor Learning.

His wife, Darlene, a nurse at Loma Linda, will accompany him to San Diego. They have two adult children: Rhonda, age 23, and Scott, age 25.

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