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Club Sports on Display for Student Showcase at Football Halftime

By:    Published 8:26 am / November 28, 2011

Boise State Club Sports will be featured as the “Student Showcase” at halftime of the Bronco football game against New Mexico on Dec. 3 at Bronco Stadium. Representatives from nearly 30 club sports will be wearing their uniforms or displaying equipment from their activity as they take to the blue.

Club sports at Boise State include angling, baseball, bowling, cycling, ice hockey, judo, karate, krav maga, kung fu, lacrosse, paintball, racquetball, rodeo, rugby, snowboard and skiing, soccer, softball, taekwondo, track and field, triathlon, ultimate, volleyball, wakeboard and waterskiing, water polo and wrestling.

The Club Sports program is designed to serve the individual or groups of students who share a common interest in sports. The objective of the program is to offer activities for students who wish to participate and develop skills in a particular sport. Depending on the sport, there is an opportunity for an instructional and/or competitive experience against other universities and clubs.

The Club Sports program also is a great arena for leadership and management development. Club Sports feature student athletes who are led and managed by other student athletes. They learn to negotiate equipment purchases and contractual agreements with venues, coaches and officials. They organize and coordinate a season’s worth of practices, games, flights and hotel accommodations. They must raise funds, solicit donors and sponsors, and balance their budgets. They participate in community service projects.

In the past seven years, the Club Sports program has experienced tremendous growth from 16 sports and 170 student athletes to as many as 36 sports and 420 student athletes. The participants are not on scholarship, but they are recruited from all over the United States and Canada. The teams often have multiple coaches, join leagues or conferences, and wear the blue and orange of Boise State.

The “Student Showcase” has been part of every halftime program this football season. Other highlighted groups have been new students, participants in Parent and Family Weekend, Alumni Legacy Scholars, campus military programs and services, and international students.