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The value of community college athletics

John KriebsBy John Kriebs

An excellent athletic department can provide a town enjoyment with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Marshalltown Community College already has a strong administration in place, coaches who want to be here, and facilities that are on par with our competition. This makes the recruitment of students and student-athletes to MCC possible.

My philosophy is that interscholastic athletics is an integral part of the educational process … it is the front porch of most schools. In this case, the entire city that bears it a name, as well as the county of Marshall. The team unity and sportsmanship athletics promotes, as well as the social growth of those involved, prepares student-athletes for the responsibilities of adulthood and the next step. This equates to good citizens and future contributor to the goals of Marshalltown.

Academic performance among students who participate in athletic activities results in higher grade point averages, and student-athletes typically have higher self-esteem. The dropout rate is significantly lower in students who participate in interscholastic athletic programs. I know first-hand how being involved in interscholastic athletics directs an individual’s trajectory of life toward success, both in and out of school.

A positive image and perception of a community are paramount for those who live and work in a community. We all need to be vested in how our municipality is perceived and have pride in that. It is essential to the growth and success of any town or county. The businesses will thrive as well as the economy will strengthen.

I believe that Marshalltown Community College can be a conduit to those positive outcomes. MCC has far-reaching possibilities and can be the source of pride for this area primarily through sports and the success of those who participate.

I am a firm believer that community support is critical to the success of the local college and, in turn, the success of the town.

The future is bright south of Highway 30, and you can be a part of the success of our MCC student-athletes. Go Tigers!

John Kriebs is the Athletic Director at Marshalltown Community College.

NOTE: This editorial was written prior to the COVID-19 epidemic; it is one of several editorials scheduled and published throughout the year to keep our constituents informed about their community college.

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