|（Harbin Engineering University，Harbin 150001，China)
Abstract: Under the combined influence of subjective and objective factors, Chinese Christian universities valued university sports development dearly, had become a role model for other universities in the same period to learn from by imitation. Although Chinese Christian universities existed in mainland China for only half a century or longer, it made important contributions to such aspects as enhancing student fitness, cultivating sports spirit, devel-oping Chinese women’s sports, strengthening sports communication etc, promoted the changing of Chinese old ide-ologies, and boosted the development of China’s sports undertaking. For the development of university sports in China today, we should learn from history and the experiences of Christian universities, connect the future of China to physical exercise, turn the Chinese nation’s dream about a great renaissance into the power for physical exercise, correctly understand important roles played by sports, boost the power of execution, pay attention to students’ physical conditions, combine sanitation education with sports, vigorously develop the moral functions of sports, and value the sentiment cultivation function of sports.
Key words: sports history；Christian university；university sports；China