BRISTOL, Tenn. – It is with great pleasure and excitement that King College and Tornado Athletics proudly announces the addition of Acrobatics and Tumbling to its core of athletic varsity programs. Acrobatics and Tumbling will serve as King’s 25th varsity program and begin competing at the start of the 2013-14 academic year. A search for the program’s first head coach will begin immediately.
The addition of Acrobatics and Tumbling was announced on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 27 and will immediately begin making an impact on the King athletic community and collegiate athletics, nationally.
David Hicks, athletic director of King College said, “King has always been a leader and innovator in education and athletics. A new, exciting, and growing sport such as Acrobatics and Tumbling continues in that tradition.”
“The addition of Acrobatics and Tumbling marks a tremendous time for King’s Athletic Program,” said Dr. Jordan, president of King College. “We are delighted to bring such a rapidly growing sport to King and provide additional opportunities to female student-athletes to attend a quality institution and compete in a varsity sport at the collegiate level.”
King will serve as the eighth institution in the United States to sponsor competitive Acrobatics and Tumbling joining Fairmont State University (WV), the University of Oregon (OR), Baylor University (TX), Quinnipiac University (CT), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA), Alderson-Broaddus College (WV), and Azusa Pacific University (CA). Alderson-Broaddus was the most recent institution to add Acrobatics and Tumbling to its athletic program and will also begin competing in 2013-14.
Acrobatics and Tumbling has been one of the fastest developing collegiate sports since the University of Oregon and University of Maryland began the sport’s movement in 2007. It is now on the fast track to becoming what the NCAA identifies as an “emerging sport”.
With the interest of Acrobatics and Tumbling growing among colleges and universities across the nation in large numbers, head coach of Acrobatics and Tumbling at the University of Oregon Felicia Mulkey believes it is just a matter of time before the NCAA officially designates it as a competitive, collegiate program, and perhaps even more.
“There is a very long line of schools that want to or are interested in starting Acro,” said Mulkey. “Once emerging sport status is granted, I think it will be the fastest growing sport in NCAA history.”
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