Grace College Sports Medicine department supports Grace's primary goals of developing students in character, competence and service. It is the Mission of the Sports Medicine staff to serve and promote the physical, emotional and spiritual wellness of each student-athlete by establishing a program of high quality and comprehensive individual health care, founded on scientific evidence-based practice.
The priniciples of prevention, evaluation, treamtent and rehabilitation set by the Sports Medicine staff will guide our athletes into a positive, healthy, improved quality of life and safe participation in Grace College Athletics.
Grace College proudly partners with Kosciusko Community Hospital (KCH) to provide athletic training services. Grace thanks KCH and Tom Johnson of KCH Regional Rehab for providing quality sports medicine care to each student-athlete on campus.
Christi Church is set to begin her second season as Grace’s Head Athletic Trainer. Church has a passion to reach Grace’s student-athletes for the Lord through athletic training and to enable Grace’s student-athletes to compete at both a conference and national scale.
Church is originally from Angola, Ind., where she was a three-sport athlete in high school (volleyball, basketball, softball). After high school, she attended Indiana Wesleyan University to continue her softball career while majoring in athletic training.
While at IWU, she was named the Outstanding Athletic Training Student of the Year. Athletically, she was a two-time All-Conference performer who was named NAIA All-Region as well as honorable mention for NAIA All-American. She was also an NCCAA All-American in both 2006 and 2007 and earned NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete status as a junior and senior.
Upon graduation, she continued her education at Ohio University, earning a Master’s degree in Athletic Training in 2010. She served as the Graduate Assistant for the Ohio University Athletic Training Program and was honored with OU’s Outstanding Graduate Student in Athletic Training Award.
Following Ohio University, Church went to Avon High School (Ind.) for one year of work as an athletic trainer at Avon for Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.
Church currently resides in Warsaw, Ind., with her sister Haley.
Cassandra Pontious is joining Grace’s athletic training staff for her first season.
Pontious is an experienced trainer who graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Physical Education Sports Administration.
She has a long history with the Methodist Sports Medicine Center, where she served from 1999-2011.
Pontious started a sports medicine program at Arsenal Technical High School’s Medical Magnet Program and was named a “Who’s Who Teacher of America” in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Pontious has a diverse base of knowledge from which she can draw – she graduated from IUPUI’s Massage Therapy program in 1999; she is certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist; and she is experienced as a group fitness instructor.
The Gordon Recreation Center houses Grace's primary athletic training room. It caters to all outdoor sports and is the primary evaluation, treatment and rehab facility.
For men's and women's basketball and volleyball, a second training room exists at the Orthopaedic Capital Center.
Generally, the Athletic Training Room (ATR) at the GRC is open 10am-6pm. Sports Medicine Staff members are available for evaluative consult, injury treatment and rehabilitation during these times and will be present at all home sporting events.
Grace's student-athletes must complete the two forms below and email back to Christi Church at firstname.lastname@example.org.