Sycamore Athletics-Past & Present
In one week, you could enjoy a Softball game, watch the Men’s Basketball team in the Hulman Center, see a Women’s Soccer game, catch a Baseball game at Sycamore Field, and see the Women’s Basketball team compete. Presently, fifteen men and Women’s intercollegiate teams in twelve sports, represent Indiana State. While several of these sports, namely Track and Field and Baseball, date back to the 1890s, some sports have come and gone (Women’s Swimming and Diving, 1966-1982, 2016- and Women’s Golf, 1977-1982, 2006-), and others have only been added within the last twenty years (Women’s Soccer, 2000). No matter the history, many of these sports experienced changes whether it be a switch from leather to plastic Football helmets, to joining the Midwest Valley Conference, or the creation of a Woman’s Soccer team many years after the intramural Soccer games of the early 1900s. Unlike ISU earliest athletes which were predominately white Indiana locals, Sycamore athletes today come from various backgrounds and different ethnicities, hailing from all parts of the nation, and even from other countries. No matter the changes in the game, the clothes, or the people, the current Indiana State players shed the same blood, sweat, and tears as the Sycamores of yore in an attempt to strive for excellence and represent ISU.