FORT MYERS, Fla. - Exciting news for Edison State College! Sports are making their way back to campus after more than 15 years. Wink News spoke to the administrators who are already getting the ball rolling on a new program.
"Once I heard Edison was going to bring back baseball I thought it was a fabulous idea. And I think it's a great approach just to try to get more students over here," said student Michael Wong.
Students at Edison State College are greeting the re-introduction of inter-collegiate athletics with enthusiasm and already some healthy competition.
"If Edison ever wants to be like FGCU they should develop more sports maybe it'll be taken a little more seriously," said student Alessia de Franco.
The college is set for a name change in July and the move to include sports is part of the re-branding as the Florida Southwestern State College Buccaneers.
"Being a buccaneer we can all dress up like pirates for spirit days," said Wong.
"Edison is going through an identity crisis so I think it would help bring everybody together," said Robert Higginbotham.
Edison is only one of five state schools currently without an athletic program. They say sports were phased out in 1997 as the student body grew older. Now, the younger population is pushing for more activities.
"What were trying to do is make sure we're creating an environment that they enjoy being here outside he classroom," said President Jeffrey Allbritten.
During the initial stages, Edition sports teams will have to play off campus at various venues, but the goal is to make the Lee County campus home.
"I think it'll give Edison a chance to expand and one day become a university," said Wong.
Now, it's up to the future athletic dirctor to decide which sports will kick off the first season.
"I think they should start with baseball just because basketball everyone is in Dunk City mode," said student Jasil Hall.
School administrators say funding for the new athletic programs will not affect academics in any way. The college is aggressively seeking an athletic director and people are already expressing interest in the job.