EAST CHICAGO | The School City of East Chicago board is considering a partnership with Calumet College of St. Joseph that could allow Crimson Wave athletes to play and practice on East Chicago school soccer/track fields.
Three years ago, the school district invested $5 million in new track and soccer facilities at Central High School and Block Junior High.
Calumet College athletic director Peter Haze Haring said he had discussed the possibility of using the soccer field at East Chicago Central and Block Junior High with previous East Chicago athletic director Bill Kelly but nothing was in writing.
The school district has not named a new athletic director yet, however. Haring brought the proposal to the School Board during its work session Tuesday night. The board could not vote on the issue but intends to vote when it meets in regular session Thursday. Haring said the Crimson Wave soccer team has a game Sunday, and it would like to play on the East Chicago school fields.
Haring said the college will make sure that it does not interfere with the schools' schedule. "We are more than willing to work around the East Chicago students' schedule," he said.
Haring also said the college offers 18 different sports and has about 200 athletes. He said the college athletes could serve as a model for East Chicago students.
"Everybody is looking to partner to improve resources," he said, adding that the district will benefit financially through the arrangement.
East Chicago School Board member Stacy Winfield suggested there also be a big brother/big sister program with college athletes.