Ryan Arrowood ‘Spiritual growth is the most important thing that we do’

by Sam Sentelle

Ryan Arrowood Basketball Head Coach Teays Valley Christian

Spiritual growth is the most important thing that we do

Ryan Arrowood

May 22, 2018

Basketball is a passion for Ryan Arrowood, who is soon starting his fourth year as head coach at Teays Valley Christian School.

“Basketball is bigger than the game we do, or the practice we have for two or three hours a day,” he told Putnam Rotarians today…
“If you have passion, you hold yourself to a higher standard. It impacts every walk of life.

“That’s what we try to get our guys to understand.

“Our program is not the typical Christian school program, and what goes into it,” he said.

“Six countries are represented on our team; two kids from the state of West Virginia.

“We have a kid from the Dominican Republic who was shot at the age of nine. We have a kid from Kentucky who beat cancer at the age of three. We have three kids who came to the school without speaking English.

“Our mission is to bring kids here who have a passion, teach them to allow faith to be their driving force, and then send them out.

“We travel. We played in eight different states this year. We played five teams this year that were ranked in the top 25 nationally. We have a senior who signed a Division I scholarship this year. We have a junior class coming up where four of those guys had Division I offers.

“All of our students are Teays Valley Christian students. They wear their campus wear and take the classes just like any other kid would.

“A lot of schools operate differently. Many Christian or private schools keep a separate entity with their basketball team. We’re definitely not that type of program.

“You’re coming here not only for an education but for spiritual growth. We look for that in the recruiting process. We tell them that.

“The Christian culture, that’s the most important thing that we do. It’s all about sacrifice. We want these guys to learn at a young age that you can uplift people of a group by your actions. And if you do that, you’re going to be successful.

“If you genuinely, every day, work harder to impact others, you will be successful,” he said.

Ryan Arrowood Basketball Head Coach Teays Valley Christian
Ryan Arrowood Basketball Head Coach Teays Valley Christian
Ryan Arrowood Basketball Head Coach Teays Valley Christian
Ryan Arrowood Basketball Head Coach Teays Valley Christian

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