Giving Back

Many people are aware of the incredible success that Bearcat athletic teams have experienced on the field and court over the years.  Sometimes we don’t do enough to recognize the many non-competition successes of our student-athletes, coaches and staff.  For instance, our student-athletes have consistently ranked in the top #2 of the MIAA in Academic Success Rate (ASR) as calculated by the NCAA.  We are amongst the nationally elite as well.    

Our coaches also emphasize community engagement initiatives.  A part of community engagement is giving back.  We believe that it is part of our responsibility to give back to our community and those in need.  Our student-athletes and coaches understand and embrace this responsibility.

With that in mind, our department embarked on some new endeavors this year.  In February, we hosted the Special Olympics district basketball tournament.  The Special Olympians enjoyed playing in collegiate facilities and the entire community joined in our efforts to make it a special event.  The group had such a good time they came back in April and we hosted their spring track and field games.  It was another very rewarding experience and one that we hope to continue. 

This Saturday many of our coaches, staff and student-athletes will join with others in the community to participate in and host the Nodaway County Relay for Life.  The event starts at 12:00 PM at Bearcat Stadium.  We are excited to partner with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and look forward to doing our part to find a cure for cancer.  The Relay for Life is the #1 fundraiser for ACS.  Each team agrees to have someone walking the track for a twelve hour period.  Cancer has probably affected everyone in some shape or form.  Hopefully, together we can find a cure for this terrible disease. 

For more information on the Nodaway County Relay for Life visit

To donate to our athletic department team “Team Bearcats” visit this link

You are also welcome to come out and visit with our team.  In closing, these are just a few examples of how Bearcat athletics is affecting our community.  Let me also take the opportunity to thank all of you who support our student-athletes, coaches and Northwest.  Northwest is a special place and this is a special community.

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Wren Baker

About Wren Baker

Wren Baker was named Director of Athletics at Northwest Missouri State University in December 2010. Baker provides leadership to fifteen Northwest athletic programs. Prior to coming to Northwest, Baker was the first Athletic Director in Rogers State University history and led the development of one of Oklahoma's most successful collegiate athletic programs. Before entering administration Baker served as an assistant in the Oklahoma State University men’s basketball program 2001 to 2005. Baker received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2001 before earning his masters degree in education leadership from Oklahoma State University in 2003.