MUSCLE HOURS, Ala. – In the autumn of 2022, the grandstand at Northwest-Shoals Community College will again be filled with red, white and blue. The college announced the return of the athletics program that began with baseball and softball.
The walls of the college’s Patriot Gymnasium lobby are filled with photographs and awards from student athletes from several decades earlier.
In March 2011, athletics at the college was suspended, but on Tuesday morning, interim president Chris Cox announced their triumphant return.
“This is part of serving our community,” Cox said.
Cox said returning to baseball and softball is an advantage for student-athletes who want to start their college careers a little closer to home.
“Not all students are ready to move, whether it is maturity, whether it is they need to work a little with their studies, so it gives them an opportunity to live at home, live at home with mom and dad and play athletics, but it gives also an opportunity to get their school paid, Cox explained.
It is also the jobs it creates to have an athletics program.
“We’re going to have some construction going on here pretty soon, and it’s going to put money right back into the economy, but also, we have to hire coaches and that goes into – you have to have coaches, too,” Cox said.
Cox said the college received approval from the National Junior College Athletic Association earlier in October to reintroduce baseball and softball. He added that he hopes that even more sports will return in the future.
Northwest-Shoals will award approximately 24 scholarships to each of the men’s baseball and softball teams. The scholarships will cover books, tuition and fees. Potential student-athletes who are interested in joining the baseball or softball team should fill out the link for athletics scholarships that will be posted at the college website for financial support November 15, 2021
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