Grand Rapids Community College is budgeting to include soccer as their newest sport.
During the Board of Trustees May 2 budget meeting administrators discussed spending an additional $100,000 to fund a new soccer program.
Pending board approval, the additional funding would cover travel expenses, jerseys, and other costs.
Since soccer is a very popular sport, the athletic department has been trying to add it for some time.
Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo is excited about the addition of soccer as one of the sports that is offered by GRCC.
“Soccer is a very popular sport in the West Michigan area,” Ferullo said. “We are constantly being asked about when we will be adding soccer from prospective student-athletes and local high schools. It is a conference sport and we feel GRCC would be a good fit for the sport of soccer.”
Ferullo is also pleased to announce that the soccer program will include both men’s and women’s teams, pursuant to Title IX, which bars discrimination based on sex in sports at educational institutions.
“We would include both men’s and women’s teams,” Ferullo said.
As far as the recommendation of a $100,000 budget increase, Ferullo is confident that this will be a sufficient jumping off point for the new program.
“It would be enough to finance the start of these two programs,” Ferullo said. “While we’ve done some exploratory work and have budgets set aside to add it, there are still some final approvals that need to take place before this is finalized.”
Questions about GRCC’s plans to add soccer can be directed to the Athletic Department.