By: Mike Gallegos, Johnson & Wales (Colo.) Sports Information Director
DENVER, Colo. — Johnson & Wales University’s (JWU) Denver Campus is set to expand its athletics offerings, with the addition of varsity women’s and men’s indoor and outdoor track, beginning fall 2014.
With the launch of the new programs, Wildcat student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in meets throughout Colorado and the West, against some of the top programs in the country. Sandee Mott, Director of Athletics stated, “The addition of men’s and women’s track is great news for Wildcat Athletics. We look forward to offering these programs to attract quality high school student-athletes, who wish to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Additionally, these programs will bolster our cross country teams, allowing our distance runners to compete past November. We are thrilled to contribute to the mission and guiding principles of the University through the growth of the Athletics department on the Denver Campus.”
The addition of both men’s and women’s programs will bring JWU’s athletic offerings to 12 programs, which compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Next academic year, JWU will compete in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball in the fall; men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track in the winter, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and men’s volleyball in the spring. Eleven of the programs will compete in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.), while men’s volleyball will maintain its membership in the Mid-America Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference.
JWU students choose from a variety of majors from the College of Business, The Hospitality College and the College of Culinary Arts. The university is also dedicated to making education as accessible and affordable as possible. For 2012–2013 the university has allocated $143 million in institutional aid, with more than 93 percent of Denver Campus students receiving some form of federal, state or institutional aid. Roughly 45 percent of students at the Denver Campus come from Colorado, with large populations also hailing from California, Texas, Washington, New York, and Illinois, among others in the West.
For more information, please visit the JWU website at http://denver.jwuathletics.com.