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Entering the Big Time - Rutgers Athletics

Rutgers entered the Big Ten® conference on July 1, and its teams are now facing some of the best in the nation. Six student-athletes, all of whom receive privately funded scholarships, explain why it’s such a big deal—and what they need to compete.

The Big Ten is a huge, huge conference for volleyball. It’s going to be great competition that’s going to push us a lot and make us better all-around as a team.
I’m real excited to go and race the Penn States, the Michigan States, the Indianas, Ohios. It’s the highest level of competition. You always want to race someone at your level or even better because they push you to be that much better.

To compete with the other big schools, we need scholarships. We have a lot of New Jersey natives on the wrestling team, but recruiting people from other states, such as California, Ohio, and Missouri, will help the program here.
The more scholarship funding, the more fast recruits we can get. We’ll be competing against some of the best programs in the country. Money will play a big part for us to get faster swimmers and more of them.

The conferences we were in before had strong teams but it’s going to be a more competitive level, more consistently. The Big Ten had three teams in the top 10 this past year, so we’re going to have big teams in our stadium. Our stands could be even more full than they were last season.

Every game is going to be packed. It’s going to be a crazy atmosphere and the whole team will be excited. I’m looking forward to going out there and showing that we can play against these teams.

The Big Ten brings opportunities to compete with the nation’s best and a new national visibility for the entire university. Along with these opportunities comes the need for more investment in recruitment and in training and competition facilities. Your support can help Rutgers compete with its new peers. Be a part of this moment and give today.

Originally published in Rutgers Alumni Magazine. Read more stories from IMPACT.
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