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The Journey


Building a team of 3rd in a culture of 1st

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The Journey


Building a team of 3rd in a culture of 1st

'The Journey'

We live in a culture of ‘1st.’  In a “Me1st” age of social media and selfies, instant gratification and personal comfort reign supreme. 

IWUHoops is striving to build a team hungry for ‘3rd.’   In an age where comfort and apathy fight against greatness, instilling the habits of putting God first and others second opens the door for new potential.  

Building a team of 3rd in culture of 1st is no easy task.  The journey of a basketball season is never a straight line to the top.  There are challenges to be faced and obstacles to be overcome.

‘The Journey’ will take you behind the scenes of IWUHoops 2016-2017 season.  Throughout the month of May, check back daily for stories that give you a raw, unfiltered look at the highs and lows that IWU experienced on their way to a 3rd Fab Four in the past four years. 

'The Journey' Challenge

"The Journey" goes inside the locker room as IWUHoops attempts to grow as a program of 3rd in a culture of 1st.  Will you take on the 31-day challenge?

 

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The Heartbeat


The Heartbeat


'The Heartbeat'

IWUHoops takes you 'Inside the Moments that Reveal the Heartbeat of a Champion' from the 2015-2016 season.  

'The Heartbeat' Challenge

This 4 week devotional book will challenge you to dream big dreams, pray fearless prayers, and take small steps all in expectation of what God can do in your life...

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IAm3 on the Web


IAm3 on the Web


 Class of 2011  Credit Analyst  Integrity Bank & Trust   

Class of 2011

Credit Analyst

Integrity Bank & Trust

 

An IAm3rd attitude was critical for our success while I was at IWU, but it has become even more important in my life since my career ended. It monumentally changed my perspective to put others before myself in my marriage, my work and my friendships.
— Derrick Troyer
 Class of 2010  Account Executive  Anthony Products

Class of 2010

Account Executive

Anthony Products

IAm3rd is a philosophy that has gone way beyond my playing career. I have invested it into my relationships and career and hope to start a family based on the same foundation some day!
— Ryan Hetrick

Head Coach Greg Tonagel talks with Jeremy Hobbs, Recreation Director of I AM 3rd Sports in Lexington, Kentucky about how IAm3 is coming to life in different contexts. Find about more about their ministry at http://www.centenarylex.com/recreation

One basketball program has a countercultural mindset: placing themselves third in all that they do. 

DJ Bettinger: A Competitor for Christ

Jordan Weidner's story of basketball, faith, and how they are one.

The Wildcats live and play by one motto... I am 3rd.

Behind the scenes of the 2010-2011 Wildcats


 Class of 2013  Head Basketball Coach/Teacher  Northfield High School

Class of 2013

Head Basketball Coach/Teacher

Northfield High School

After a rough first year at IWU living an IAm1st lifestyle, my life was changed buying into the IAm3rd philosophy. Now I am trying to live this out every day with my wife, my basketball program and in my community, hoping that by being ‘different’ I can make an impact for the Kingdom.
— Patrick Hopkins
 Class of 2014  Head Basketball Coach/Counselor  LINK Year/Kanakuk Ministries

Class of 2014

Head Basketball Coach/Counselor

LINK Year/Kanakuk Ministries

The IAm3rd philosophy has had a huge influence on my life both in how I played on the court and how I lived off the court. It was countercultural and life changing. Philippians 2:1-11 went from being a passage of Scripture to a way of life, and I now get to live the Gospel daily with my team and my family.
— Garvin Haughey

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 Class of 2012  3rd Year Med Student  University of Iowa

Class of 2012

3rd Year Med Student

University of Iowa

As I bought into the IAm3rd philosophy, I was amazed at how much my relationships with other people were blessed. Friendships became more authentic and opportunities to serve and act on my faith became clearer. This lesson continues to impact me every day.
— David Peters
 Class of 2015  Vice President  DistinXion

Class of 2015

Vice President

DistinXion

Being a part of the IAm3rd philosophy for four years changed me in so many ways. It was a challenging four years of changing my mindset but I know I am a better person and man of God than I was before going to IWU.
— Tyler Greathouse


 Director of Athletics  IWU

Director of Athletics

IWU

It has been incredibly rewarding to watch the impact that IAm3 has had on the lives of our IWU basketball players. I have seen the Lord use this philosophy to transform our players into humble men of character with a deep commitment to develop their God-given talents to be the best they can be. This has been reinforced by the testimonies that I hear of the positive impact that the team has had on the lives of families, fans and students and by the number of coaches who have contacted Indiana Wesleyan University about how to implement the IAm3 philosophy into their program.
— Mark DeMichael
 Class of 2004  Dentist  Central Dental Associates

Class of 2004

Dentist

Central Dental Associates

As an alum who played long before the IAm3rd philosophy was established, I started to invest in the program to provide support and encouragement to this ministry. As it turned out, I have been the one who has been encouraged and challenged. The program’s commitment to serving Christ through hoops transcends the current players and effects everyone who is around it.
— Aaron Willson
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#FEARLESS


#FEARLESS


Greatness favors the fearless


 Class of 2014  Loan Officer  The Fountain Trust Company

Class of 2014

Loan Officer

The Fountain Trust Company

 
Before coming to IWU, I was very self centered. At IWU, I quickly learned that life was much more fulfilling when I stopped asking ‘what can you do for me’ and started asking ‘what can I do for you.’ This has paid huge dividends as a business man, as a husband and as a new dad!
— RJ Mahurin
 Class of 2015  IWU Assistant Basketball Coach  JD/MBA Candidate

Class of 2015

IWU Assistant Basketball Coach

JD/MBA Candidate

 
The IAm3rd philosophy transformed me from the inside out. Adopting this counter cultural mentality has reshaped my heart’s desires and constantly challenges me to become more like Christ.
— DJ Bettinger
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GO Ministries Partnership


GO Ministries Partnership


GO Ministries

Over the past decade, IWU Hoops has been to the Dominican Republic with GO Ministries four times.  This has grown in to a mutually beneficial partnership that has propelled the program to new heights.   Though cutting down the nets is a great memory, it pales in comparison to sweating with your teammates and serving the poorest of the poor alongside a ministry that has taught us about what it really means to live 'IAm3rd' lives. Many IWU alums look back at their career and say it was the trips to the DR with GO that were more memorable and important than any championship, exotic trip, or facility on campus. Find out more about GO at this link


Our partnership with GO has been instrumental in building the culture here at IWU. Serving down in the D.R. has given us an opportunity to live out what it means to be “I am third” in a very practical way. It is here on these trips where I see our team drawn together in deep unity for a purpose far bigger than just basketball. It is in these moments where coaching and playing finds it purpose.
— Greg Tonagel
IWUHoops and GO Sports share the same heartbeat. The way they live out the IAm3rd concept truly creates a ripple effect that begins in their locker room and stretches all the way overseas and into the lives of the people in our ministry in the Dominican Republic. When you partner in the Gospel for the sake of the Kingdom, a deep relationship occurs through mutual transformation and we couldn’t be more excited to serve together with the coaches and student athletes from IWUHoops.
— Will Partin, Executive Director of GO Sports

GO Ministry Videos


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Read the blogs from IWU's 2016 GO Ministries trip


 Class of 2016  Head Basketball Coach/Greenwood Christian Academy

Class of 2016

Head Basketball Coach/Greenwood Christian Academy

I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had with Will Partin and GO Ministries and the impact they have had on my life. GO is such a unique organization in that they partner with local leaders who know the culture and have relationships with the people they are ministering to. Will is so gifted yet one of the most humble people I know. He and GO have impacted me so much that I hope to stay involved in the work that is happening in the DR and even go back on another trip down the road.
— Jonny Marlin
 Class of 2016  United Building Supply

Class of 2016

United Building Supply

As an alum who played long before the IAm3rd philosophy was established, I started to invest in the program to provide support and encouragement to this ministry. As it turned out, I have been the one who has been encouraged and challenged. The program’s commitment to serving Christ through hoops transcends the current players and effects everyone who is around it.
— Josh Mawhorr
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Father/Son Retreat


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IAm3 Speech


IAm3 Speech


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 Class of 2014  Assistant Coach  IWU

Class of 2014

Assistant Coach

IWU

IAm3rd shaped me to be more outwardly focused on everyone else as opposed to being so internally focused on myself. Genuinely focusing on others and putting my own selfishness aside has led to more happiness for everyone around me and for myself as well.
— Jordan Weidner
 
 Class of 2011  Senior Estimator  Progressive

Class of 2011

Senior Estimator

Progressive

As I embraced the fundamental nature of self-sacrifice that goes along with the IAm3rd philosophy, it became a part of who I am. IAm3rd is the kind of movement that can change the world!
— Josh Williams
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Three In One DOCUMENTARY


Three In One DOCUMENTARY


The story of the 2014-2015 Indiana Wesleyan University Men's Basketball team, and their pursuit of a second straight national championship. With their attitudes being "I am Third", can the Wildcats be successful and achieve the ultimate goal?


 Class of 2009  Sr. Sales Representative  ZimmerBiomet-Blue Water Orthopedics

Class of 2009

Sr. Sales Representative

ZimmerBiomet-Blue Water Orthopedics

When the coaches introduced ‘IAm3rd’ I thought it was a great marketing slogan but was skeptical it would have any impact on my life. As I watched them live it and lead out of it on a daily basis, it began to be instilled in me and changed my life. Living life the way Jesus did through the IAm3 philosophy is now continuously part of my career and home life!
— Jon Moon
 Class of 2013  Vice President of Business Development  Viral Launch

Class of 2013

Vice President of Business Development

Viral Launch

IAm3rd started as a mantra but became a way of life. When you’re able to further the Kingdom of God and bless everyone around you…there’s no better way to live.
— Darrian Mikell