Big Rapids Crossroads Drops Football Program
BIG RAPIDS – After 13 years of fielding a varsity football program, Big Rapids Crossroads has made the difficult decision to drop the sport, due to budget cuts to the school’s athletic department.
The school’s football program first took to the field in 2007 and was started in part because of fundraising efforts from parents. Averaging less than 20 players on the roster, though, it had become a difficult program to fund with equipment.
“Part of this too is we can’t reduce anymore within the educational proponents because we’re trying to provide this unique learning opportunity,” Crossroads superintendent and athletic director Christopher White said. “You have to balance those things out, which it’s unfortunate. I’m a really strong supporter of athletics. I played sports in high school. I’ve been an athletic director at other places, too. But it is a tough thing. We also are trying to shift our focus to that project based learning and what really is our mission and our vision for the school.”
Crossroads went just 18-90 over 13 seasons. The Cougars began as an 11-player team in 2007 before dropping down to 8-player in 2014.
The program’s best campaigns were in 2009, when the Cougars won their final four games to finish at 4-4, and in 2014, when Crossroads went 5-5 and made their lone playoff appearance.
The school board will meet again on May 14 to further discuss the 2020-21 school year budget and the future of such sports as softball and baseball.
In addition to budget restraints, the school will also transition to a new project-based learning program in the fall.