Written by: Brandon Gilmore
Timia, a 5-foot-8 senior wing from Rome, Georgia, has been the Lions' team captain for the past two seasons. She averages 13.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line. Timia has attended the NCCAA National Championship all four of her years having been selected to the All-Tournament Team her sophomore year and being selected as a 3rd Team All-American last year.
Timia's leadership both on and off the court has been present since she joined the Lady Lions in her freshman year. She has continued to build a resume full of Christian Service to her community, classmates, teammates, professors, and coaches. During the summers Timia volunteers with her middle and high school, and is able to share her faith through the relationships she has built. Timia has a 3.84 GPA, has been on the Dean's list every semester, and will graduate with her degree in Mathematics Education this spring.
"Timia's giving nature and encouraging spirit is such that she enhances the atmosphere everywhere she goes," stated Mike Bona, Emmanuel's Head Coach. Bona added, "In my 41 years of being involved in Christian higher education and having coached the majority of that time, Timia has had the greatest influence on our school and program of any student-athlete with whom I have been associated. We have been blessed to have had the opportunity to have her attend our college and be a part of our team!"
The purpose of the award is to enhance the Christian purpose of athletic excellence in Christian athletic competition, and to perpetuate the Christian philosophy and faith in evangelical Christian institutions across our nation. This award is sponsored by Mr. Gary Beck, manager of the Gary Beck Foundation and a former NCCAA All-American student-athlete from Greenville College (IL).
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