Guest opinion: RMC athletes remember where they come from

2013-03-18T00:00:00Z 2013-03-22T14:14:57Z Guest opinion: RMC athletes remember where they come fromBy ROBERT BEERS The Billings Gazette
March 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Most people remember a lesson or bit of advice that was passed on to them from a relative or mentor at some point in their life. My grandpa was a lifelong Montanan, World War II veteran, and ranched his entire life. He was never really one who gave many heart-to-heart talks to his grandkids; rather, he would let us learn a lesson the hard way and point out our failings with a quick quip or saying.

One that has stuck with me my entire life was the one thing he said to me when I came home after graduating from high school: “Never forget where you came from.”

Diverse student body

These days, as our student athletes at Rocky Mountain College travel around the country, I am often reminded of those words. Our programs are a collection of students from around the country and the world. We have prided ourselves for having been so regionally oriented, but as the college continues to grow, so does the diversity of our student body. This small college is a launching pad for so many future success stories and they are all from Rocky Mountain College.

Our college takes great pride in being in Billings. This city is a large reason that the college has been able to thrive. Billings has embraced the campus; employing our graduates, celebrating our alumni, supporting our programs and providing experiences outside the structure of the classroom for our students. For enduring support, we are thankful. The opportunity to be from Rocky Mountain College doesn’t come without also being from Billings.

This is not a town without expectations (especially in the athletic realm). If you only take into account the recent success of the local high school teams, you begin to understand that this town loves competition. The amount of championship events held in the area over the past month should give some insight as to how serious Billings is about crowning champions. There isn’t a program in town, high school or collegiate, that doesn’t rely on local support to achieve this success, Some how, Billings finds a way to make room for all of us. Billings does not forget where we come from.

Our soccer teams, distance track teams, ski teams and now our men’s basketball team worked hard to earn berths at their respective national championships. While there, they represent Billings and Montana as they proudly represent RMC. We share the national spotlight, knowing that our victories are celebrated and our athletes are consoled when they come up short upon their return home.

Budgeting for success

Budgeting for success is not always possible at a small college and we rely on the generosity of those that have supported our campus and teams in previous seasons. If you share in the idea that success for RMC reflects well on our fine city and state, we hope you will consider donating to the RMC Championship Fund to help offset our cost.

Robert Beers is Rocky Mountain College athletic director. Those interested in supporting the RMC Championship Fund may contact him at 406-657-1124, or at Robert.beers@rocky.edu or send a check designated RMC Championship Fund to RMC Athletic Department, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102.

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