Athlete In A “League of Her Own” When It Comes to
Janelle Hume Wins Highest Award From Association
of Christian College Athletics
WINNIPEG, Man. — When it comes to combining athletics, academics and helping
others, Janelle Hume of CMU is in a “league of her own.”
|Janelle Hume, right, with her friend and teammate
That’s what her basketball coach, Keith Michaelson, says of the recipient of
the David Terry Award from the Association of Christian Colleges Athletics (ACCA).
The Award, the highest honour given to an athlete by the ACCA, recognizes
success on the court, along with academic achievement and service.
“Everything she does she does to the best of her ability,” says Michaelson.
“She is totally focused on the court, in class and helping others. No matter how
busy she is, if a player on the team has a need of any kind—academically,
emotionally or spiritually—she takes the time to help.”
In addition to studies and sports, Hume volunteers each week teaching inner
city children with Living Bible Explorers; serves as a member of the worship
team at Winnipeg's Westwood Community Church; visits schools in Manitoba and
Saskatchewan to promote missions on behalf of Mennonite Brethren Mission/Service
International; and leads a bi-weekly fellowship group at the university. She
also led a short-term mission team to Mexico last summer, and spent 2005 in
Germany doing mission work.
“God’s put a call for missions and serving others on my life,” she says of
her interest and involvement in missions and service. “He’s just wired me that
Of her studies and involvement in athletics at CMU, Hume says “I really enjoy
playing sports here. I can integrate a high level of playing basketball with my
post-secondary studies. It’s probably the best place to go to play
post-secondary ball, get a great education and as make good friends. It’s the
best combination of them all.”
She also appreciates that coaches emphasize a balanced approach to sports and
life. “They constantly remind us of our priorities—God, family, school, sports,”
CMU has also been a great place to grow in faith, she notes. “Faith is a
really important part of my life. I’m really blessed to go to a school where I
can live that out, and be supported in it by the faculty and other students.”
She also credits her teammates for helping her be successful on the court,
and for the camaraderie they provide off it. “I’ve never played on a basketball
team that’s been so close and so tight knit together,” she says. “It’s really
In addition to the David Terry Award, Hume was also named to the ACCA
Academic All-American team and received the CMU Trailblazer Award—the highest
recognition given to a CMU athlete—for outstanding team leadership on and off
the court. She was also the Rookie of the Year on the women’s soccer team.
Now in her second year of studies at CMU, Hume plans to return next year to
get her B.A. and then go on to further studies to become a teacher.
“To know Janelle is to know what faith and service is all about,” says
Michaelson. “She is just so giving.”
Posted March 27, 2008.
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