MCC Football Proposal Gets National Athletics Association Approval | Local News

Mohave Community College’s foray into competitive athletics received some big boosts this week. The National Junior College Athletic Association has notified MCC administrators that the school has been approved to join the association. The college plans to field teams and participate in the men’s and women’s Division 1 soccer season beginning in the fall of 2023, according to a news release.

Additionally, the Bullhead High School Legacy Foundation provided a $300,000 grant to the college to help fund the athletics program for its first two years. According to press releases, the money will be used to hire coaches, develop young soccer players through camp programs, pay for equipment and set up venues for games and practices.

MCC President Stacy Klippenstein said the addition of sports programs will open doors to higher education for students in the region.

The Bighorns will compete in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference along with Arizona Western College, Cochise College, Eastern Arizona College, Yavapai College and Central Arizona College, as well as multiple campuses in the Maricopa Community College system.

The men’s and women’s teams will be based at the college’s Bullhead City campus near the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse, which will be home to the MCC Bighorns football teams.

The college plans to recruit players from throughout Mohave County first so that local student-athletes can benefit from both the educational and athletic experience. The college also plans to hold games and tournaments throughout the region to help build support for the teams and raise funds for the program.

Several business and education leaders are already forming the Bighorns Booster Club to support football teams, according to the press release. Founding members of the booster club will include Mohave Superior Court Judge Steven Moss, Kingman Economic Development Director Bennett Bratley, Baron Services co-owner Matt Hanrahan, Fairway Constructors Vice President Mehdi Azarmi, owner of Superior Tire Kelly Burgess and Anderson Fieldhouse General Manager Ed Catalfamo.

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