A New Athletic Tradition Begins

MCC Thunder

The Athletic program at Manhattan Christian College has a new look and a new mascot!  Beginning with the fall 2014 seasons, MCC athletes and teams will be known as the THUNDER. 

"We are excited to announce this change because we believe THUNDER represents the region that our college is located in, the uniqueness of our educational programs, and the well-rounded alumni leaders we are striving to produce," says Athletic Director Shawn Condra.  "Students, alumni, and fans will continue to wear navy and white, but now a silver accent has been added."

The change to THUNDER will allow the MCC teams to compete for the first time with a distinctive name in the Midwest Christian College Conference and the National Christian College Athletic Association. Since 1947 when the first men’s basketball team took the floor, the athletic tradition has been an important part of student life and campus spirit.  It is noteworthy that over the last 20 years MCC teams have won six NCCAA National Championships and over 30 Regional Championships without the college having its own facilities.

MCC President Kevin Ingram explains, “The new THUNDER icon consists of a shield with a lightning bolt and a contemporary font.  It is our hope that all friends of the college will be proud to wear it because in more ways than one, thunder represents who we are.”

Manhattan Christian College is located in the Flint Hills, an area known for its rain storms.  Thunder is one of the identifiable attributes of those storms.  It can be heard from a great distance and it warns everyone to get ready for what is coming their way. 

In Scripture, thunder also represents the voice and authority of God.  Job 37:5 says, "God ‘s voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding."  MCC's academic programs are rooted in the Bible and help students grow spiritually and intellectually.

Thunder may also represent the personal attributes of MCC’s 2,100 alumni who are currently serving around the world sharing God’s greatness.  Students and graduates are educated, equipped, and enriched to be Christian leaders who are prepared and ready to use their voice to change the world.  Just as thunder comes before the blessing of rain, MCC graduates are Christian trailblazers who are leading others to a more fulfilling life with Jesus. 

MCC athletes compete in eight varsity sports:  baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball.  In addition to enhancing sport skills, MCC coaches focus on developing the practical life-skills of discipline, teamwork, and leadership.   

Many of MCC's home games are broadcast on the MCC Network located on the athletics webpage www.mccks.edu/athletics .  THUNDER fans may also follow the athletic department on Facebook (MCC Athletics) and Twitter (@mccathletics).

MCC Scoreboard

9/14/2019 | Mens Soccer at Southwestern College | L, 4-1 
9/14/2019 | Womens Soccer at Southwestern College | L, 13-0 
9/13/2019 | Womens Volleyball vs. Ozark Christian College | W, 3-0 
9/10/2019 | Mens Soccer at University of Saint Mary | L, 4-3 (OT)
9/10/2019 | Womens Soccer at University of Saint Mary | L, 10-0