SCOOBA – With help from the NJCAA Foundation, East Mississippi Community College has announced plans to reinstate its men’s and women’s soccer programs beginning in the fall of 2023.
The NJCAA Sports Opportunity Grant will provide $2,000 to help revive EMCC’s soccer programs that previously hosted teams on the Scooba campus from 1998 to 2009.
“East Mississippi Community College is pleased to announce the reintroduction of our men’s and women’s soccer programs,” said EMCC President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks. “Football remains one of the most popular sports in the world and it will give many more students the opportunity to be involved with a group on our campus. Research shows that students’ chances of success increase when they are involved in a group. We are very grateful to the NJCAA Foundation for this Sport Opportunity Grant.”
EMCC Director of Athletics Sharon Thompson echoed Dr. Alsobrooks on the importance of creating more scholarships for student-athletes at EMCC.
“We are excited to announce the return of our men’s and women’s soccer programs, while at the same time deeply appreciating the NJCAA Foundation for selecting EMCC as one of the recipients of the Sport Opportunity Grant.” said Thompson. “Football is an exciting sport and one of the most recognized sports in the world. We are ecstatic at the opportunity to provide football to student athletes in our district and state. This provides opportunities for those student-athletes to earn scholarships and continue their careers at the collegiate level.”
After a 13-year hiatus from the Mississippi community college football scene, East Mississippi will compete at the NJCAA Division II level within Region 23. EMCC will join 11 other members of the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference, which currently have men’s and represent women’s soccer teams. Since last season, East Central, Hinds, Holmes, Itawamba and Northwest Mississippi have competed in the North Division, along with Copiah-Lincoln, Jones, Meridian, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Pearl River and Southwest Mississippi which is part of the South Division.
“The NJCAA Foundation is excited to further support the growth of NJCAA member colleges and the sports programs they offer through the newly created NJCAA Sports Opportunity Grant,” said Brian Luckett, executive director of the NJCAA Foundation. “The ability to provide this funding for the first time ever is a testament to the importance and growth of two-year collegiate athletics. The NJCAA Foundation looks forward to the impact of this initiative as NJCAA member colleges continue to create opportunities for student athletes across the country.”
The MACCC competition kicks off in the fall of 2023 and EMCC’s home soccer games will be played on the newly refurbished synthetic turf soccer field at Sullivan-Windham Field on the Scooba campus.
“We have made the investment to include football in our new athletic field at Sullivan-Windham Field so that these incoming student athletes have the opportunity to play and practice in the best possible field conditions,” Alsobrooks added.
Announced last October by the NJCAA Foundation, the Sports Opportunity Grant provides two-year institutions with a way to support the addition, growth and maintenance of NJCAA sports. The NJCAA Sports Opportunity Grant is available to NJCAA member colleges who want to expand the sports offerings on their campuses while increasing student-athlete access and performance. The grant is awarded on the basis of need and resources allocated.
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