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Harper College Hawks Teams Prove Victorious in Both Sports and Studies

By Elizabeth Elstien

Harper College puts a lot into its Hawks' sports program. Staff at this two-year school in Palatine wants its athletes to excel in more than athletics and teaches students to have a competitive edge in the classroom as well as the field, mat or court. That's why this College has a Student Athlete Success Center, where computers are just for school-related work and cell phones, food and drink are a no-no. Plus, there are two academic athletic counselors on staff to guide the Hawks' team players to an all-around school victory.

There are a variety of up-and-running Hawks' sport teams to entice both females and males to get their game on. From basketball, cross-country, soccer and track and field teams for both males and females to baseball and wresting for males and softball and volleyball for females, sports-minded students appear to play a special role at Harper College. School facilities included a fitness center and competing in recreational and intramural sports programs are also possible.

The Hawks have won a number of championships. "It has been a great 2015-2016 school year for the Harper College teams," exclaims Bill Smith, Sports Communications Assistant. Team championship wins and individual bests were achieved, and encompass, notes Smith, "The Harper College men's cross country team won its fifth consecutive national championship. Four athletes earned NJCAA All-American honors, and head coach Jim Macnider was named the Men's National Cross Country Coach of the Year."

The women's teams had a good year, too. "The women's volleyball team won 34 matches in 2015," says Smith, "marking the fifth consecutive season the team has eclipsed the 30-win mark. The team finished third in the conference and ended the year ranked No. 6 in the national poll. Head coach Bob Vilsoet reached 400 career wins with a victory over Illinois Valley Community College October 17, 2015.

"Many student-athletes start at Harper, hone their skills, and transfer to a four-year school to continue competing," states Smith. Achieving Harper's athlete of the week and the coveted athlete of the year can boost a student's chances of getting on a college team elsewhere. It holds more prestige if a student has won both a most valuable player award and an academic award.

Community spirit is shown by the athletic department's food drives or the baseball team's participation in "Movember" to raise money for charities. "The men's basketball team has partnered with Friends of Jaclyn Foundation for three straight seasons to give a young boy who is battling a rare brain tumor some aid," Smith explains. Youth camps and clinics are hosted at Harper with school coaches and players teaching the kids.

Even if you are merely an onlooker, there is still a place for you in the athletic department. You can watch your favorite Hawks' team play and cheer on your fellow students, become an intern, or even get a paid work-study position doing anything from videographer to weight room supervisor. Whatever your passion, the Harper College athletic department is ready to take you there.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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