By ERIC BALMER
Georgetown College sports have been an important part of the school’s history, traditions and culture throughout the years. With that being said, it came as a surprise when over the Easter holiday weekend the administration announced the end of athletics at Georgetown.
An announcement of this magnitude took many months, and possibly even years of deliberation. One might ask “why would they ever think of getting rid of all sports?” This is a valid question, and one that was definitely discussed in detail. According to Georgetown College, the existence of sports on campus simply costs too much money for the college. One might think that the success of many GC sports would have kept sports safe, but the financial burden proved to be too great.
The college realizes that Georgetown students and the surrounding community will probably not understand the decision right away. A statement was released that stressed the college had nothing specifically against athletics, they just felt that they needed to put money in other areas.
Here is part of what the statement said: “After much consideration, deliberation and meditation, Georgetown College will no longer provide athletics to its students. After academics, athletics costs the school the second-most amount of funds. This decision has not been an easy one, but the Board, because of the desire to put more money into academics, felt the need to go in the direction of a strictly academic-based institution”.
Some of you may be wondering about the other extra-curricular clubs on campus, which is another good concern. The college hopes, over the next decade, to rid the campus of any other organizations that are not academic and would therefore take students away from their studies. GC hopes to create a new chapter in the history of the college, and they know it’s going to take some drastic changes (many that the students will dislike), in order to achieve the lofty goals they have for this small, liberal arts learning community.
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