This week marks the end of summer term at Treasure Valley Community College. While many of our students are enjoying a much-needed break, our student activities and student leadership teams are already hard at work gearing up for next year’s students.

Each year, the TVCC Associated Student Government leadership team considers a direction or focus while maintaining a consistent effort to provide long term direction for the students at Treasure Valley Community College.

This year’s team is carrying on the vision from last year’s ASG leadership and will continue to focus their attention toward the completion of “10 in 10 Plan.” The plan serves as a strategic guide to accomplish ten long term goals in ten years. For this next decade, they have an impressive list of efforts.

At the top of the list is a track and field complex.

As a part of what is now on its way to becoming a TVCC tradition, our students are sponsoring the Second Annual “Race to the Future” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 7. All proceeds raised from the walk/run will go into a capital account to help fund the construction of the track and field complex. This is a large project that is expected to take some time to plan, promote, and fundraise, but students are eager to get the ball rolling and I’m excited to see these efforts build each year.

Registration and sponsorship information is available at tvcc.cc or email StudentPrograms@tvcc.cc for more information.

If you register before Aug. 30, the registration fee is $25. Ages 12 and under are only $15. Early registration entries will also receive a commemorative race T-shirt!

The construction of a track and field complex would enhance the recreational opportunities for all students on campus. It would allow the athletic department to have a location on campus for training, practice, competition, and rental to outside agencies and community partners. A track and field complex would also provide an area for community events and method of exercise for members in our local community.

TVCC is grateful for the generous partnership we have with the Ontario School District and for their willingness to let us use their track complex. We are also appreciative of the work Head Coach Blas Guerra puts in to find local race venues for cross country on our campus and throughout our community. Having our own dedicated space will not only allow TVCC to grow these athletic programs, but we know it will add a much-needed facility to support our community too.

As I’ve shared before, athletics is more than just playing a sport. Intercollegiate sports give TVCC a combined sense of identity and a special pride we can share as we encourage our athletes to reach all of their goals. Our student organizations and activities, including athletics, also provide a way for the community to be directly involved with the College.

We are so grateful for the continued community support we receive.

Dana Young is president of Treasure Valley Community College. The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of The Argus Observer.

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