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BPC adds men’s and women’s cross country, golf, and tennis teams
Play to begin in fall 2008
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – Brewton-Parker College has announced the addition of six new teams to its athletic department. Men’s and women’s teams in cross country, golf, and tennis will join the seven existing athletic teams and begin play in the 2008-09 academic year.
“This is a great opportunity for Brewton-Parker College,” said BPC athletic director Steve Barker. “All three sports are very successful in the south at both the high school and junior college ranks. So I’m excited about the chance to bring athletes in these sports here to compete at the collegiate level.”
Dr. David Smith, president of BPC, sees the addition of the sports as beneficial not only to the college, but to the local community as a whole.
“The Administration’s hope is that these three sports will provide two important advantages to BPC. First, they will provide positive recreational and spectator opportunities that will enhance our student activities program, and second, they will bring more students to our Mount Vernon campus,” said Dr. Smith. “These sports are popular with students throughout the Southeast, and should attract local enthusiasts.”
BPC is a Division I member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). BPC’s cross country teams will debut during the fall 2008 semester with golf and tennis following in the spring 2009 semester. Barker said he’s looking forward to joining the other teams in the SSAC who are currently competing in cross country, golf, and tennis.
“The SSAC is well respected in the NAIA for these three sports,” Barker said. “Competition is already at a very high level. It’s going to be exciting to see how these sports flourish at BPC.”
Barker said recruiting for these new sports is already underway and that scholarship opportunities are available. To learn more about these sports and how to become an athlete at BPC, contact Barker at (912) 583-3178. Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited, four-year Christian college in South Georgia.