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Fific, Brown Selected as June Athletes of the Month

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June 30, 2020

Both student-athletes shine as leaders at GCU

By: Julie Laugel and Garrett Osterode/GCU Staff

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

Michelle Fific of Grand Canyon University Women’s Club Basketball and Chance Brown of GCU CrossFit are the GCU Club Sports June Student-Athletes of the Month for their dedication in their sports and academics, as well as their leadership in the GCU community. Among a time of uncertainty, both student-athletes continue to grow and take on leadership roles.

Michelle Fific: Women’s Basketball

After being introduced to basketball at the age of seven, Fific immediately felt drawn to the sport. Although she has only just completed her first year playing with GCU Women’s Club Basketball, her experience has left a major impact.

“(Being a part of GCU Women’s Club Basketball) reminded me that anything significant requires hard work,” said Fific. “It also has helped me grow in patience, willingness and perseverance – on and off the basketball court.”

Along with being a club sports athlete, she finds many other ways to keep involved at GCU and in the Christian community.

Entering her second year as a member of the Honors College Student Advisory Board, Fific will serve as the Vice President of Faith Integration & Service. She also works as a digital designer and videographer on the GCU Honors College Student Marketing Team, and is a part of a women’s ministry at her local church known as “Dream City Splendid.”

“This past season, she really stepped up as a leader for her team, showed up every day to practice, and gave her best,” said GCU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kyle Speed. “Off the court, her commitment to being a servant leader makes her special. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to coach Michelle.”

Fific is a senior at Grand Canyon University pursuing her Bachelor’s in Digital Film and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She aspires to get her master’s degree and eventually help create films or start her own fashion line while traveling the world.

“I have made amazing friendships (at GCU), received so many opportunities and definitely grown in my walk with Christ,” said Fific. “I enjoy the school and everything it has to offer, and I hope to leave a positive impact on everyone I meet here.”

Chance Brown: CrossFit

COVID-19 caused a lot of change. For the Grand Canyon University CrossFit team, that change just added to an already-adjusting program.

The graduation of 2020-21 club president Carter Senechal, and ascension to the top of the program by last year’s vice president, Chance Brown, were expected.

Brown taking the reins on the club during a time where many CrossFit gyms are closed and the opportunity for members to improve their craft is limited? Not expected.

None of that flusters Brown, who heads into his fourth year with the program after already seeing it though many changes, and remains confident that the team will weather the storm.

“CrossFit is about more than just fitness and working out,” said Brown.  “It represents a diverse community of people who are willing to work hard and improve their lives, so we will continue to press on – regardless of how we can or can’t work out.”

When things go back to normal, Brown is confident the club will pick up right where it left off.

“It is a bummer that this past year got cut short,” said Brown. “That just means we have that much more to look forward to for next year when we come back even stronger.”

The four-year Lopes’ veteran’s excitement about his opportunity to man the ship is also bolstered by what he sees – both here and internationally.

“CrossFit is an ever-growing sport,” said Brown. “It has grown throughout the world, so I hope next year it will continue to grow right here on campus.”

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