One thing that makes the community of York so special is its focus on education. And it's a long history that dates back to 1890. That was the year York College was formed. Nearly 125 years later, York College is thriving.
Matthew Madole loved York College as a student, now he's a coach and he's busy making York College great for the players on his women's basketball team, "The one thing I really try to get across to the kids is that this place is going to prepare you for life. If our job is to only win basketball games or only win track meets or wrestling meets, we're not doing our job. We're giving the kids the foundation they need to go on into life and be successful, be a great husband, be a great wife, be a great employee, run their own business. We want our kids to be successful beyond anything athletic wise."
Allyssa Becker is one of Coach Madole's basketball players, "I picked York College just because of the spiritual influence here. Honestly, my spirituality has grown a lot since I've been here. I was a Christian before, but here on campus you have so many choices of things to be involved in that can help you grow."
And one of those things is chapel, it's held every weekday morning in the Student Activity Center and is attended by each of the nearly 500 students on campus...as it has been for decades.
Dylan Brewer is a senior basketball player that has enjoyed the family feeling he gets on the York College campus, "I mean everybody is just open to talk to whenever you have a problem and whenever you need a favor people are just jumping at the chance to help you out at anytime."
History professor Tim McNeese says, "Spirituality has been at the root of the York College experience since it all got started in the 19th century. If we go back to the 1880's this community was fairly fledgling they wanted to have a college in town as a lot of these small Midwestern towns wanted and one of the stipulations was it had to be religiously based."
York College started out affiliated with the United Brethren Church and it remained that way until 1956 when control was transferred to the Churches of Christ.
York College is busy preparing for their 125th anniversary coming up next school year.