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Crimson Wave Make a Splash as Servant Leaders


Crimson Wave AthleticsHammond, IN --- The 2014-15 academic year was complimented with an abundance of opportunities to serve the community of Northwest Indiana.  The student-athletes of Calumet College of St. Joseph continue to make a splash to those who need extra assistance by volunteering as servant leaders.  This particular year saw the Crimson Wave softball program take the lead in multiple opportunities to serve various organizations within the surrounding communities and beyond.  The team’s effort earned them the recognition of the CCSJ Team Community Service Award along with the 2015 NAIA Five-Star Champions of Character Team recipient for the sport of softball. 

The efforts made by the Crimson Wave student-athletes were motivated by the newly created Student-Athlete Leadership Council (S.A.L.C.) which is comprised of student leader from each of the 20 Crimson Wave varsity teams.  A primary purpose of the S.A.L.C. is to promote and foster the Five Core Value of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative while maintaining a specific focus on servant leadership to the College family and its surrounding communities.  The leaders of the S.A.L.C. began a new literacy campaign by visiting local elementary school to promote reading and writing.  The Crimson Wave men’s bowling program was the first team capitalized on the new campaign working with first thru third graders at school in Portage, IN.  Other teams followed suit and the new campaign by the S.A.L.C. will become a consistent yearly component to the servant leadership project for the group.

The opportunities performed during the 2014-15 year:

  • Play for Bryce
  • Elementary School Literacy Campaign
  • Toys for Tots
  • Autism Awareness
  • NWI Food Pantry Drive
  • Go 4 the Gold – Pediatric Cancer Research
  • Christmas Giving & Wrapping at Carmelite Home
  • Easter Giving & Baskets at Carmelite Home
  • Alzheimer Walk-a-thon
  • WHAM
  • Summer Fun Fest for Special Needs Children
  • Breast Cancer Awareness

CCSJ Moves Upward in 2015 NAIA Learfield Sports Director Cup


Crimson Wave AthleticsHammond, IN --- Each year through the National Association of College Athletic Directors Association (NACDA) the Directors Cup for each area of college sports (NCAA D-I, D-II, D-III and NAIA) is announced.  The Learfield Sports Directors Cup is a formula ranking based on national championship qualification via all sponsored varsity team sports. 

This year CCSJ finished with its highest ranking at 134 out of 185 qualifying teams.  The finish may not seem impressive at first glance but in reality it is a really nice accomplishment for the small institution by the shores of Lake Michigan.  The Crimson Wave were fifth overall within CCAC schools with Olivet Nazarene (7th), University of St. Francis (24th) Cardinal Stritch (36th) rounding out the top 40 and then St. Xavier at #57.   We finished at 134 with Judson (157), Robert Morris (170) and Trinity International (170) making the final list.  The CCAC has a membership of 14 schools and CCSJ were one of the eight who earned ranking points. 

The Crimson Wave wrestling team led by senior Eric Johnson and men’s track & field program who had a total of eight national qualifiers earned CCSJ 83.50 ranking points for the annual Directors Cup standings.  Congratulations to our student-athletes and coaches who were able to reach the goal of earning the opportunities to compete at the National Championship level. 

#Play4Bryce CCAC Benefit All-Star Baseball Game Moved to Oct. 20th

Update: Due to the weather the #Play4Bryce CCAC Benefit All-Star Game as been moved to October 20th at Oil City Stadium at 6:00 pm.


CHICAGO --- The real Superman might have met his match and it is not kryptonite. Dubbed "Little Superman" by his many relatives and friends, Bryce Nowakowski is battling through Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a rare congenital heart defect. On Tuesday, October 14 at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Indiana, Bryce and his parents, Brian and Jeannine, will have added backup support with baseball coaches and players from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) playing in a benefit game tagged as #Play4Bryce.

Brian is the head baseball coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph, a CCAC member school.

"The CCAC coaches were just looking for a way to help Brian and his family," said Olivet Nazarene University head baseball coach Todd Reid, the organizer of the event. "We have been praying for Bryce and hope that the event helps shed some light on his battle that is just beginning."

Born with the congenital heart defect, Bryce had completed two of his three surgeries needed to reconstruct his heart and put him well on his way to recovery. Problems, however, developed soon afterwards when a team of doctors at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital found a very large clot in his heart on April 5 of this year. Proved too large to dissolve, the clot led to Bryce suffering multiple heart attacks with resuscitations during that time. Less than two weeks later, Bryce was officially listed for a heart transplant.

Since that time, there have been many ups and downs for Bryce and his family, including other complications leading to injuries to his brain in addition to irreversible damage to his arm and hands. Brian and Jeannine have been there every step of the way staying at a nearby Ronald McDonald House.

Numerous benefits have been held for the family to help with Bryce's medical and rehabilitation needs with better than $23,000 being raised, thus far. The target goal is $50,000.

The #Play4Bryce game will be an all-star baseball game between players from the CCAC North and South Divisions as part of the conference's annual Scout Day. Judson University baseball coach Rich Benjamin will head up the North Division squad with University of St. Francis baseball coach Brian Michalak and Brian Nowakowski directing the South Division team.

The Scout Day will begin at 3 p.m. with the all-star game to follow at 5:30 p.m. A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students is being suggested for admission to the events. An auction will also be held beginning at 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Nowakowski family.

Oil City Stadium is located at 1700 119th Street in Whiting, Indiana.

Supporters are encouraged to visit and "like" Bryce's Facebook page

(https://www.facebook.com/bryce.nowakowski) and use the #Play4Bryce hashtag. Additional information can also be found at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/bryce-our-superhero/178366

8th Annual Crimson Wave Awards Banquet


5/13/14 - The Crimson Wave Athletic Department held their 8th Annual Awards Banquet last week. It was a great event in which over two hundred people attended. This was a celebration and recap in which all sports at CCSJ were represented. At this event, there are sixteen departmental awards that are given out to both athletes and coaches.
Academically, the Top Team GPA went to men’s tennis as they ended with a 3.74 on the year. CCSJ athletics was also proud to announce that senior women’s basketball player Rebecca Dill earned the Top Senior GPA and was named this year’s Valedictorian. Rebecca also earned the Andy Juscik Character Award. Tom Cunningham earned the Top Junior GPA, Nicole Gill earned the Top Sophomore GPA, and Rebecca Pederson earned the Top Freshman GPA.

There were eleven athletic awards given out at this year’s banquet as well. Terry Ferrari earned the Golden Wave Award. Women’s volleyball earned the Team Character Award. Juan Alonso earned the Assistant Coach of the Year honor for men’s baseball. The Coach of the Year went to Justin Olson who is the men’s and women’s soccer coach for CCSJ. Coach Olson helped lead the men’s team to their first CCAC Conference Tournament appearance in the programs history and also led the men’s and women’s teams to their best overall regular season records in team history.

There were two Newcomers of the Year that were honored. From men’s track Matt Stewart earned this honor after his conference championship win in the high school which earned him 1st Team All-Conference. Matt ended the season ranked as the 6th best freshman high jumper in the NAIA. Freshman Nick Barango earned this honor for men’s soccer after setting the school record for most goals scored in a season as he finished with 14 goals in 18 games. This ranked second in the CCAC. Nick earned 2nd Team All-Conference after the season.

Senior Lauren Johnson from softball earned the Senior Female of the Year Award. Matt Plawecki from men’s soccer earned the Senior Male of the Year Award. The Team of the Year went to men’s bowling as they made their 8th straight appearance in Nationals. Lastly, the Athlete of the Year went to wrestler Eric Johnson for the second year in a row. Eric finished 7th in the NAIA National Tournament.