The Goshen College Board of Directors announced today that it has asked President James E. Brenneman to find an alternative to playing the Star-Spangled Banner that fits with sports tradition, that honors country and that resonates with Goshen College’s core values and respects the views of diverse constituencies.
Two Goshen College faculty members united in their commitment to pacifism, the teachings of the Mennonite church and extending Christian hospitality to others presented conflicting opinions on playing the national anthem before sports events at the college.
History was made today at Goshen College as the national anthem was played before two sports events for the first time since intercollegiate athletics began at the college in 1957. The anthem was played before a 1 p.m. baseball team doubleheader against Siena Heights University and softball team doubleheader against St. Joseph’s College at 3 p.m.
Goshen College will play the national anthem before sports events for the first time on March 23 and will hold a campus-wide dialogue on the issue on March 24.
The Goshen College Alumni Executive Board released the following statement today:
In January, the Goshen College Presidents Council, led by President Jim Brenneman, decided to allow the college’s Athletic Department to play an instrumental version of the national anthem prior to some sporting events beginning this spring. In preparing for that change in practice to be implemented- beginning with the March 23 baseball and softball games -the President’s Council recently affirmed the plans of the Athletic Department.
Goshen College President Jim Brenneman sent the following letter today to the campus community, the Alumni Board and the Parents Council:
Goshen College announced today it will play an instrumental version of the Star-Spangled Banner before select sports events on campus, followed by prayer.