Thursday, August 1, 2013

Editorial: Throw community support behind UIS athletics

The following is part of a State Journal-Register editorial, published on  August 1, 2013.

"The relatively young University of Illinois Springfield and its Prairie Stars haven’t been in a position to bask in the same kind of good will and alumni support that bolsters more-established college athletic programs.

That’s all about to change, if coaches, athletes and administrators in the UIS athletic department have any say. They are embarking on a major effort to generate interest in and support for its sports program.

UIS’s athletic program has existed since 1977, when it established a men’s soccer team. Now an NCAA Division II college, UIS has five men’s sports programs — basketball, baseball, golf, soccer and tennis — and six women’s programs — basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball."

Read the full editorial online