and Softball Return to Campus
August 15, 2014
– For the first time in two decades, Penn State DuBois students will have the
opportunity to participate in America's pastime as an official campus
activity. Chancellor Melanie Hatch has
announced that both baseball and softball programs will be resurrected, and the
first Penn State DuBois teams will take to the diamond in the Spring of
sports had been offered on campus in years past, but both programs had been
disbanded by 1991 due to budgetary reasons. Hatch said the decision to bring the programs back was based on another
way of viewing the connection between academics and athletics.
feel that by adding these programs to our athletic lineup, we are also giving students
more opportunities to succeed," Hatch said. "Studies have shown that students who
are involved in sports programs achieve better grades, and are more likely to
stay in school and complete their education. Sports schedules provide added structure for athletes, helping them to
stay focused on what is important. Additionally, the discipline it takes to
stay competitive on the field is carried over to the classroom, where student
athletes pursue their studies with more enthusiasm."
to a six year study concluded in 2011 at Indiana State University, the overall growth, learning, and development
of student-athletes is, on average, twice that of non-athlete students.
addition to the academic advantages, students also receive a more fulfilling
experience from participation in a variety of extracurricular activities. Campus athletic coordinator Ken Nellis said,
"We’re very excited to offer these programs to our students. It
gives students another option to participate in extracurricular activities, and
will be an opportunity for many of these athletes to continue playing a sport
they’re passionate about. Many athletes have to end their career after
high school because their college or university doesn’t have a program for
their sport. Now, baseball and softball players from our area high
schools will have the chance to keep their athletic career going, and take it
to a higher level here at Penn State DuBois."
to community partnerships with the City of DuBois and The DuBois Area School
District, the Penn State DuBois teams will use Showers Field, the city park
softball field, and Highland Street Softball field for games and practice.
DuBois City Manager Herm Suplizio said the
shared use of the community fields illustrates a fitting collaboration that
will provide the best opportunities for students. He said, "I cannot begin to tell you how
excited I am that Penn State DuBois is adding baseball and softball to the
campus. Young men and women that want to
continue playing a sport that they love can still do so and further their
education right here in their hometown. In addition, young adults from outside the town who like Penn State, the
DuBois campus and the DuBois area can come live, study and work here for the
duration of their college time. Everyone benefits, especially the
of the DuBois Area School District Mark Heckman was equally enthusiastic.
"This is a great day for DuBois and an awesome opportunity for the
students of the DuBois Area School District," Heckman said. "Having
college-level athletic opportunities for our students allows them to continue
their athletic career while completing a world class education at Penn State
DuBois. This collaboration between Penn State and the DuBois Area School
District will only benefit through this great partnership. It’s truly a win-win
scenario for the district, the university and the DuBois community."
work must be done to prepare for the re-launch of these programs before the
opening season in 2016. Campus staff has
begun the process of equipment purchases, and will recruit coaching staff in
the near future.
centered programs, such as summer clinics for middle school and high school aged
baseball and softball players are planned as well.
the latest updates on these developing programs, visit dubois.psu.edu/baseball