SCOOBA – With assistance from the NJCAA Foundation, Eastern Mississippi Community College has announced plans to restore its men’s and women’s football programs beginning in the fall of 2023.
The NJCAA Sport Opportunity Grant will provide $2,000 to help revive EMCC’s football programs, which previously fielded teams on the Scooba campus from 1998 to 2009.
“East Mississippi Community College is very pleased to announce the re-establishment of our men’s and women’s football programs,” said EMCC President Dr. Scott Allsbrooks. “Football continues to be one of the most popular sports around the world and will give even more students the opportunity to play in a group on our campus. Research shows that students are more likely to succeed when they study in a group. We are very grateful to the NJCAA Foundation for this athletic opportunity grant.”
EMCC Director of Athletics Sharon Thompson echoed Dr. Allsbrooks on the importance of creating additional scholarship opportunities for student-athletes at EMCC.
“We are delighted to announce the return of our men’s and women’s football programs, and at the same time, we are very grateful to the NJCAA Foundation for selecting EMCC as one of the recipients of the Sport Opportunity grant.” Thompson said. “Football is an exciting sport and one of the most recognizable sports in the world. We are thrilled to be able to provide football for student-athletes in our area and state. This will give student-athletes the opportunity to receive scholarships and continue their careers at the university level.”
After a 13-year hiatus from the Mississippi Community College football scene, East Mississippi will compete at the NJCAA Division II level in Region 23. EMCC will join 11 other members of the Mississippi Community College Association Conference who currently field men’s and women’s football teams. As of last season, the MACCC Football Division featured East Central, Hinds, Holmes, Itawamba, and Northwest Mississippi competing in the Northern Division, along with Copiah-Lincoln, Jones, Meridian, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Pearl River, and Southwest Mississippi. constituting the Southern Division.
“The NJCAA Foundation is pleased to continue to support the growth of NJCAA member colleges and the athletic programs they offer through the newly created NJCAA Sport Opportunity Grant,” said Brian Luckett, Executive Director of the NJCAA Foundation. “The opportunity to provide this funding for the first time is a testament to the importance and growth of the two-year collegiate athletics. The NJCAA Foundation looks forward to the results of this initiative as NJCAA member colleges continue to create opportunities for student-athletes across the country.”
MACCC competitions will begin in autumn 2023. EMCC home football games will be played on the newly renovated artificial turf football field at Sullivan-Windham Field on the Scooba campus.
“We have invested in football at our new Sullivan-Windham Field to ensure that new student athletes have the opportunity to play and train in the best possible field conditions,” Allsbrooks added.
Announced by the NJCAA Foundation last October, the Athletic Opportunity Grant provides two-year institutions with a way to support the addition, growth, and support of NJCAA sports. The NJCAA Sport Opportunity Grant is available to NJCAA member colleges looking to expand athletic offerings on their campuses while increasing student-athlete access and achievement. The grant is provided depending on the need and allocated funding.
About the NJCAA Foundation
The mission of the NJCAA Foundation is to strengthen the national NJCAA organization, student athletes, member colleges, and local communities through financial support, scholarships, program initiatives, and community service.