Donley making his mark at Liberty

Chad Donley

Baker’s Chad Donley, who now plays basketball for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., brings the ball up court during a game earlier this season.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 07:21 PM.

Former Baker basketball star Chad Donley is still doing what he loves — but now, it’s on a bigger stage.

Donley went from Baker to Northwest Florida State College. After two years at Northwest Florida State — that included a redshirt year when he didn’t play — Donley is living his dream playing Division I college basketball at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Liberty is the school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. Donley said he enjoys every moment on and off the court at the Christian school, which calls its students “Champions for Christ.”

“When I made my college decision, it didn’t really have to do with basketball,” Donley said. “I wanted to be at a place where I can grow, of course, as a basketball player and a man, but mostly I wanted a place where I could grow spiritually. So I felt like this was the best spot for me and so far it has proved me right.

“Almost everybody in a leadership position, as far as my coaches and teachers, are strong Christians and it’s nice to know I have a mentor wherever I go. I can talk to anybody about anything and they just want to see me grow stronger in my relationship with God.”

Along with being challenged to grow spiritually, Donley is being challenged to grow as a basketball player as he has stepped up in competition.



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