The Cuyahoga Community College Challengers are not as well known as the Cleveland State Vikings or Kent State Golden Flashes but officials at the two-year college plan to focus on its athletic teams this year.
"We realize the importance of athletics and student engagement and it is something we have not done a good job of promoting," said Al Moran, vice president of marketing and communications.
Three men's and four women's sports are offered at Tri-C. It offers a limited number of athletic scholarships. Some athletes have later received full or partial athletic scholarships at four-year universities.
Tri-C participates in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, which consists of eight community colleges.
Moran said the college is planning to adopt a new team name and mascot, but the biggest drawback is finding the money for uniforms and other expenses, including changing the name on the gym floor. He said most of the current team uniforms are black.