“Eastern Gateway Community College sees athletics as a way to enhance the college and provide opportunities for students,” EGCC President Jimmie Bruce said. “Athletics have a way of uniting our community and providing a sense of pride in college.”

Administrators said intercollegiate competition is an important part of students’ overall educational experience because sports encourage personal development. Additionally, sports programs may attract more students and enhance pride throughout the community.

The national trend in community colleges is moving toward more intercollegiate athletics. EGCC intends to ultimately become a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. EGCC’s concern is to be certified to compete the fall of 2017.

More information will be available during a press conference on March 30 at 2 p.m. The event will take place at Eastern Gateway’s Valley Center, 101 Federal Street, Room 330, Youngstown, Ohio, 44503.

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