It Doesn’t Matter if You Win or Lose
Behind the scenes on each Viterbo athletic team is at least one person working to further the mission of the university—the team chaplain.
“The volunteers will provide personal and spiritual support to the student-athletes and coaches in and out of season,” said Fr. Tom O’Neill, vice president for mission and ministry, of the newly created program. “The role of the chaplain is designed to be one of encouragement, vision, and leadership.”
The mission of the Viterbo Team Chaplain program is to exemplify the mission and values of the university and the NAIA Champions of Character program while bringing a holistic perspective to athletics. The program is now up and running and each team has a chaplain. The program is sponsored by campus ministry.
Pictured L to R back: Fr. Tom is chaplain for men’s baseball and basketball; Eric Kunick, athletics, is the coach/chaplain liaison; Jen Roberdeau, alumni, serves women’s soccer; Chris McClead, campus ministry, serves men’s soccer and softball. L to R seated: Kim Fredricks, biology, is the chaplain for women’s basketball; and Jan Janiszewski, business, is chaplain for the volleyball team.