There’s so much more to coaching a football team than fitness, games and practices. Elbert Kern is a God-fearing man who not only coaches his team on the field, but coaches them through the challenges of life.
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Elbert Kern (center), in his sixth year as assistant MBU football coach, stands with his sons, Zach Kern (left), sophomore sports management major, and Malik Kern (right), junior sports management major, who both play football at MBU.
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During an in-service day earlier this semester, MBU faculty and staff members participated in active shooter training for the first time, following the 4E’s© program, led by members of the Creve Coeur Police Department.
Photo by C. Allin Means
During the February in-service day at Missouri Baptist University, faculty and staff members worked side-by-side to barricade doors and put into practice what officers taught them in case an actual active shooting situation were to reach MBU’s campus. The hope is that this scenario would never happen in real life, but that if it does, faculty, staff and students will be prepared.
Esports began at MBU in the winter of 2015 through a volleyball coach, a student and a simple conversation that brought this team to life. Since then the team has grown, the facilities have become more high tech and sophisticated, and the program is finding a place among some of the best in the nation.
Photos by Andrew Douglas
Missouri Baptist University video gamers are locked and loaded during intense competitions as the gear includes Spartan shirts, personal headphones, colorful backlit keyboards, custom chairs and, of course, plenty of caffeine and hydration.
Growing up in urban St. Louis is a challenge. From the crime-riddled neighborhoods, drugs and one of highest murder rates in America, chances are slim that a child will make it out without falling prey to the vicious cycle. In my case, I got out, but not without seeing the brother of one of my friends gunned down in cold blood.
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