Robert Morris University-Illinois Director of Athletics Jared Williamson has announced the addition of two club-level programs in the sports of football and men’s basketball, with both teams scheduled to begin fielding their inaugural roster of students in the fall quarter of 2019. RMU student-athletes participating in these intercollegiate sports will attend the university’s flagship campus, located on State Street in Chicago’s historic South Loop district.
“We are very excited to be able to provide this opportunity to our current students, as well as to those in our neighboring community who might be looking to further their education,” remarked Williamson. “These teams will allow students to continue their athletic pursuits — whether it be on the football field or the hard court — in a structured, sanctioned environment where player development, skill acquisition, and competition are emphasized over winning championships.”
Robert Morris University is no stranger to fielding club programs, having developed a successful model at its Peoria, Illinois campus, where the football team competes as a member of the National Club Football Association. The NCFA was founded in 2012 and is the only sanctioned, intercollegiate tackle football league currently operating in the United States. It boasts of 25 teams from around the nation, including the RMU-Peoria squad that holds standing as a member of the NCFA Great Lakes West Conference—in which it competes against Loyola University, UC-Colorado Springs, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
“Our expectation is that club football will spend the upcoming fall season preparing for a 2020 competition schedule — lifting, conditioning, and practicing in order to develop a performance baseline — but that the club basketball team might be ready for play during the winter season of 2019-20.”
As one of the largest, private, not for profit colleges in Illinois, Robert Morris University offers professional, career-focused education in a collegiate setting to diverse communities. The university looks to serve the community and create opportunity through experiential teaching — preparing students to become practitioners in their chosen fields, socially responsible to their communities, and a foundation for their families — in addition to providing students with avenues for growth and development outside the classroom environment. Experience-based learning is at the core of each student’s success.
“Our goal is to provide Robert Morris University students — as well as those considering RMU — with new exposure and perspectives that will help them to understand their role in the community, as well as their civic and social responsibilities,” said Williamson. “For some, this exposure and perspective will involve the continuation of their athletic career beyond high school, and we are hoping that the addition of these two club-level programs will provide a group of students with an opportunity to continue playing the game they love, at a competitive level, and as a way to enhance their overall college experience.”
Interested students should visit robertmorris.edu to learn more about the academic offerings of the university, and to complete an undergraduate or graduate application. In addition, athletes who wish to learn more about the club football or club men’s basketball programs — including inquiries regarding a visit to Robert Morris University’s Chicago campus in order to review potential financial assistance opportunities — should contact an admissions representative below.