By Clint Brown Editor
The Pella Chronicle
---- — Jordan Wisecup, now an alum from Central College, had an idea his freshman year and knew he had to follow through with it.
“I took an angling class my freshman year with about 20 other students,” Wisecup said. “It was a fun, good time. I knew I wanted to start and be part of a fishing team and even took that into consideration when looking at colleges.”
While Central College didn’t have an official fishing team on campus at the time, with Wisecup’s hard work and some help from Central College’s Athletic Training Program Director John Roslien, Wisecup’s idea has come to reality.
“I asked (John) if he’d be willing to help us get one started and he said he would,” Wisecup said. “Mike Valster, a local community member, has also helped us with getting supplies, shirts and helped us design a banner. He was basically our sponsor.”
Wisecup said after talking to students who he thought would also be interested in his venture, the idea really took off.
“They all said they would be willing to help out and organize things,” he said. “We were also able to get funding from the student senate here on campus to become an official student organization.”
Following their first meeting as a club two years ago, they had over 50 student present and many of them attended tournaments.
Future plans are in the works to find a sponsor for a tournament locally for the community to participate in and help raise funds for the team.
“We are trying to keep those traditions alive,” Roslien said. “We want to be a generation that keeps the love of outdoors alive and also enjoy learning experiences outside the classroom.”
For more information on the fishing club at Central College, contact John Roslien at firstname.lastname@example.org.