New Hampton, Iowa – New Hampton High School students will now have another option for sports.
At Monday night’s school board meeting, the members approved soccer as a sanctioned sport starting in the spring of 2020.
Parents, students and high school staff packed the library media center to share their opinion.
The board heard from 12 people, all of which shared a similar view as Dylan Lewis.
Lewis is a freshman at New Hampton and played soccer growing up through the parks and rec programs but isn’t able to play in high school.
His reaction to the board’s approval:
It will take $10,000 to get the program up and running. The board added an amendment, citing financial and resource concerns that the soccer boosters must pay the start up costs plus an additional $2,000.
Booster member Jenny Monteith says her club won’t have an issue raising funding for the program because every student should have an opportunity to play the sport they love.
Montieth said they need 30 students minimum to start a co-ed program and based on surveys sent to the students, there are well over 50 combined boys and girls interested. The district is looking to add Turkey Valley and Sumner-Fredricksburg to the program.