OGLESBY- The Illinois Valley Community College board’s audit finance committee Monday learned athletics is considering adding men’s and women’s cross country as intercollegiate sports in fall 2022 and moving all teams up to Division II within the National Junior College Athletic Association. In a memo shared with the committee, Arrowhead Conference schools Carl Sandburg, Kishwaukee and Sauk Valley have cross country teams and Highland will add it this fall. The lone remaining college, Black Hawk, is considering adding it. Athletics also recommended moving all teams to Division II in 2022-23 to allow each to offer tuition waiver hours. The move would align IVCC with other Arrowhead schools, make it easier for athletes to compete in more than one sport and enhance coaches’ ability to recruit. If each sport’s roster is maximized – with each athlete required to enroll in a minimum 15 hours – the net gain in tuition and fees would be nearly $160,000.
“Athletics enriches the student experience and is an enrollment incentive for some who might not otherwise have considered IVCC” said Vice President for Student Services Mark Grzybowski.
IVCC is also considering reopening its fitness center in the fall for noncredit use by athletes, teams, students, employees and retirees. The center closed in April 2020 when the pandemic forced most instruction online.