‘Home run’ for sports meeting, Folsom Lake College official says

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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Dozens of prospective student athletes, college staff and those affiliated with the Folsom Parks and Rec department turned out Jan. 23 for an informational meeting on a proposal to kick-off women’s soccer as the first on-campus sport offered at Folsom Lake College.

“It felt like a real coming out party as a showcase for our college,” said Stuart Van Horn, dean of instruction for Kinesiology, Health and Athletics. “It hit a home run.”

He said the college’s proposal to gear up on-campus sports with women’s soccer has generated a lot of interest.

“We had dozens of employees stop by and collected more than two dozen interest forms, in addition to what we had collected before the meeting,” Van Horn said. “We also collected interest forms from interested student athletes.”

Van Horn is excited about the possibilities.

“The intent of the event was to let people come in and let us know how they wanted to be involved with us,” he said.

Folsom Lake College currently offers men’s and women’s golf and tennis teams, but has no on-campus sporting activities. With the first phase of completion nearing for the synthetic surface soccer stadium, the next step is to request the Los Rios Community College District to approve the formation of an inter-collegiate women’s soccer team.

The college hopes to roll out women’s soccer by fall 2013, with the board’s approval.

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