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Iowa Lakes considers dance, drill team program

By Staff | Sep 18, 2008

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday asked for further information before approving a proposed dance, drill, and cheer program at the college.

Athletic Director Troy Larson said the program would help provide cheer and dance squads for men’s and women’s basketball games and for wrestling. Initially, the program this year would just give students an opportunity to participate.

By fall 2009, the program would give students the chance for regional and national competition. The dance, drill, and cheer program would help students passionate about those activities.

“We think it’s a win-win in our enrollment management process,” Larson said.

Larson pegged an estimated $10,000 yearly cost per sport, or $30,000 total. Costs would cover recruiting, coaches, travel, and scholarships. He said the program would be funded as other athletic programs are currently.

Board President Jack Tatman noted that athletic programs are currently funded by the college bookstore which he said is having a problem generating money for those programs.

“Yes, there will be capital outlays but it will bring students who are not already at Iowa Lakes,” Larson said, estimating the program would bring in another 20-40 students. He said he would look for coaches locally.

College President Dr. Harold Prior noted many successful drill teams in the area and the program would give students locally a chance to continue with the activity.

Trustee Jan Lund moved that the issue be tabled until more information is available, and Tatman suggested that Larson put his proposal in writing for the next meeting.

Trustee Bud Kyle also asked for more specific cost figures.