Wildcat Spending Summer Playing Basketball & Sharing His Faith


Caleb Hardy

Manati, Puerto Rico- Student-Athletes spend their summer off-seasons in various ways. Some take summer jobs, while others take the time to relax and condition themselves for the grueling upcoming seasons of competition. Bethel University basketball standout Caleb Hardy is spending his summer between his junior and senior years doing something close to his heart.

The senior to be from Cunningham, Kentucky led Bethel in scoring this past season averaging 14.5 points per game. He helped lead the Wildcats to 24 wins on the season which is the most ever for the program at the NAIA Division I level. Hardy shot 46 percent from the floor and led the team in free throws attempted and made. He averaged five rebounds per game helping Bethel be one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. He eclipsed the 1,000 career point total during the season becoming the 27th Wildcat to join the 1,000 point club. For his efforts he was named Second Team NAIA All-American.

Hardy is using his love of the game and his love for Christ to witness this summer in Puerto Rico. He raised money to travel with a group of college players to the Island to witness and teach young people about basketball and the love of Christ. He is a member of the Athletes in Action Summer Ministry which provides the opportunity for Caleb and others to spend two weeks in the Caribbean to share their knowledge of basketball and their love of God.

Hardy scored 13 points in the AIA's 10-point win over the Puerto Rico pro team earlier this week.

Bethel Coach Jeff Britt thinks this is a wonderful opportunity for his player." I am extremely happy for Caleb and this opportunity he is having this summer. I think this will improve his game tremendously and will also be a lifetime experience for him."