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Roosevelt Lakers History

The athletic program was brought back in response to requests from students who listed athletics as one of their top priorities for the University. In a University-wide survey, students said a sports program would "foster team spirit and pride in attending Roosevelt" and "give students more activities to not only attend but participate in as well."

Roosevelt is reinstating an athletic program that has been dormant for the last 20 years. Intercollegiate competition in various sports date back to 1949 at Roosevelt, but by the 1988-89 academic year only three program's were competing — men's basketball, men's golf, men's soccer. At the end of that term, the decision was made to drop intercollegiate athletics in an effort to direct funds into other areas on campus. The men's soccer team remained for one more season with the final intercollegiate competition coming in the fall of 1989.