The Beach Crew Alumni Association (BCA), in cooperation with Interim University President, Dr. Donald Para, and Athletic Director, Victor Cegles, announced that priority class registration has been restored for crew athletes, effective Fall Semester 2014. Crew is the first team as part of a pilot project to expand the privilege to other teams in our department that express the need due to practice time constraints.
The BCA Board of Directors has been at the helm of these discussions in efforts to increase support and visibility of the sport at CSULB. The efforts have been led over the past six months by board members, Victor Grgas and Ken Glenn, Head Coach Robert Edwards, and Club Sports and Recreation Director Rita Hayes. The BCA also gained access to some athletic facilities such as meeting areas and preliminary access to training facilities starting Fall 2014.
BCA’s Director of Outreach, Brandin Grams, explains how this will greatly expose the team’s visibility and vitality at the school. “We are seeing a renewed interest in this sport by the most prominent athletic functions at the university. The strong efforts of the BCA are gaining attention and we can’t wait for these benefits to reward our hard-working athletes, with all we can get. Not only will this keep our athletes committed, it will also motivate all of us, on and off the water, to keep the movement going. All of us have a renewed responsibility to keep the school’s spirit strong. We have 50 years worth of alumni who are getting reconnected to what they once loved. We will continue to work hard and keep looking ahead.”
The BCA’s campus efforts started six months ago with Former University President, Dr. F. King Alexander, who resigned in June 2013, to become the Chancellor of the Louisiana State University system. The BCA continues to strive for additional support, including preferred admission to freshman students interested in attending CSULB, which was not approved in this round of support.