The creation of an active athletic program will provide an avenue to students that has not been present for many years. Southwest Virginia Community College is excited to offer its region’s student athletes a chance to continue to compete in the sports that they love, while at the same time developing skills that will make them better employees and coworkers. Students, as part of a sports team, learn the important lessons of working together, dedication, and respect. The college supports the fact that the athletics program will also support academic goals, as national data suggest that student athletes are much more likely to be retained and graduate than the general student population. The athletic program will have two primary components. First, under the leadership of Athletic Director Jason Vencill, the college is excited to join the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) and offer scholarship-supported programs in ten sports. Those sports include: wrestling, basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, golf, tennis, cross country, and soccer. In addition, Southwest offerings of club sports will be expanded to feature more activities of interest to the region: fishing, rifles, archery, cheer, and dance. These activities will augment investment in competitive academic teams in areas such as STEM, debate, and forensics.
SWCC Joins The NJCAA With 14 New Sports
Apr 11, 2019