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Hobbes leads Eagles off the court

Friday, November 16, 2007  
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By Tracy Washam

Ben Hobbes’ impact on a game may not always be visible to the fans that pack the Eagles’ Nest to watch Oklahoma Christian University basketball games, but his teammates and coaches know how much he means to the team.

Eagles head coach Dan Hays named Hobbes the team’s bench captain this season because of the example he is to his teammates.

“When Coach Hays told me I was going to be bench captain this year, I was more than honored,” Hobbes said.

Hobbes expresses a great deal of selflessness and encouragement when it comes to being a varsity athlete. He always cheers for his team and is the first one off the bench to high-five the man coming off the floor.

“Ben is such a genuine guy,” teammate and roommate Jon Jonsson said. “He is always the first one to tell you ‘good job’ or tell you to ‘keep your head up’ when you’re not playing your best in a game.”

Hobbes was born in Guatemala, where his parents were missionaries for ten years. He gets his motivation to put others before himself and lead by example from his parents and their example.

“I don’t play as much as the other guys, but I don’t take it personally. It’s not about one person. It’s about the team,” Hobbes said. “That is how I view life. It’s not about yourself. It’s about helping and giving to others around you. That’s how I was raised.”

Hobbes is determined as a captain to help the team grow closer this year. With a lot of young guys, he knows it’s important for everyone to get to know each other and get along.

“I really just want us to play as a team this year, and so far, that’s how it is looking,” Hobbes said. “I want everyone to be there for each other and help out their teammates.”

Hobbes has made strides to help the guys individually as well as in a team setting. He cheers on, listens and advises his teammates. Most of them turn to him for encouragement.

“I remember in our first game, I shot an air ball and got pulled out pretty quickly. When I got to the bench, Ben just told me to stay up and keep shooting. It really helped me out,” Jonsson said.

Hobbes tries to set a good Christian example off the court as well. He is a member at Memorial Road Church of Christ and has been on several mission trips and participates in Bible camps.

“Ben just has that giving personality. He is easy to get along with and would do anything for one of his teammates,” teammate Jason Taylor said.

Head coach Dan Hays believes he picked the right person to fill the role as one of the team’s leaders this season.

“I chose Ben as bench captain because he represents everything a Christian athlete should be,” Hays said. “He works hard and gets along with everyone.”

While Hobbes may not get the most playing time in a game, he still takes pride in being a student athlete at a Christian university.

“Being an athlete at Oklahoma Christian is something I take pride in,” Hobbes said. “Being a varsity athlete at any university is something players should take pride in, and I think it’s really important to represent your school in the best manner you can.”


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