“I don’t know how you’re going to get people to come to school,” he said.
Like Walker, Stevens knows sports enhance the education of students, including many who might not have gone on to further their educations.
Walker remembers when he was coach he had an athletic banquet each year. Former players wanted to come and speak to the current students because of the benefits they received from attending CCC. Never mind that Walker couldn’t pay them to appear. They came on their own dime.
“You hear those stories and know it’s not going to happen again,” he said.
Unfortunately, the benefits might be realized only by the likes of Stevens, Walker and others who took advantage of what the sports programs had to offer. For most of the Clinton Community, life will go on as if nothing has changed because they never took advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s sad it’s happening,” Walker said. “It’s been a huge part of my life and a great experience for me.”
Stevens feels the same way.
Unfortunately, though, the benefits of an athletic program will be something future Clinton Community College students won’t be able to enjoy.