Southeastern University Announces Initiatives for New Football Program

LAKELAND, Fla. – March 8, 2012 – Concluding day one of the National Leadership Forum, Southeastern University announced a major initiative for its athletic program.

With one of the most popular athletes in attendance during this night, Vice President for Advancement Brian Carroll announced to a crowd of about 500 at the University’s Sportsplex that “We are looking at the possibility of bringing college football to Lakeland!”

Big News Announced at the Forum - Vice President of Advancement, Brian Carroll (right), concludes day one of the Forum by announcing Southeastern University’s major initiative for its athletic program. With one of the most popular athletes in attendance during this night, Carroll announced “We are looking at the possibility of bringing college football to Lakeland!”

The National Leadership Forum since 2007 has brought together some of the world’s most gifted leaders. This years’ lineup included Tim Tebow, the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos and former Heisman trophy winner at the University of Florida

Tebow was the main draw for a scholarship dinner during the evening. The dinner, which raised more than $200,000 for student scholarships, provided an ideal setting to announce the possible formation of football.

Southeastern currently offers nine varsity sports that compete in the NAIA, and will have 11 this upcoming fall with men’s tennis and women’s softball being included. The addition of football, which is still only in its information-gathering stage, would be a major step for Fire athletics.

“We are excited about exploring the opportunity to bring college football to Southeastern University,” university President Dr. Kent Ingle said.

Southeastern University has more than 2,500 students. It is a private, liberal arts school accredited to offer 45 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees and 10 programs leading to master’s degrees. For more information, call (863) 667-5020, or e-mail dcdavis@seu.edu.

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