At the Friday, October 19 Student Government (SG) Senate meeting, Dr. Heath Boice-Pardee, associate vice president of Student Affairs, presented on the potential addition of a sprint football team.
A student raised the motion last year, and since then SG has been gathering information. Sprint football follows all NCAA guidelines, and has a weight limit of 172 pounds. This limit allows for smaller individuals who may not have the girth to participate in NCAA football to play football in college.
The committee created and assigned with the task of finding the pros and cons of adding a sprint football team conducted a survey of 400 students, which found 76 percent of students in favor.
The committee also looked at the budget required to create such a team. Over a two-year period, the team would cost around $640,000. This expense would be paid by student tuition. Boice-Pardee also made note of the issue of finding a space for the sport.
However, Boice-Pardee felt that there are many positive aspects to consider as well. He believes a sprint football team would enhance school spirit, create more student involvement, increase wellness among potential participants because of the weight limit, and possibly increase alumni donations.
The next step is for SG to decide if a sprint football team is in the best interest of all students on campus.