RPAC, McCook agree for three years

Monday, January 9, 2017

McCook Community College and the Republican Plains Activities Conference have formalized an agreement that will put the conference's basketball and volleyball finals in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center for the next two years.

In addition, MCC will host RPAC's 15 high schools for Leadership Day on campus for the next three years.

"We're proud we have this beautiful facility here on campus in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center," said Andy Long, MCC Vice President. "And we are thrilled when we can use it for the benefit of area high school students whether on the courts or in the classrooms developing the next generation of leaders."

This official agreement paves the way for MCC to host the four RPAC girls and boys basketball conference tournament games later this month on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Games are set for 2 p.m.; 3:45 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.; and 7:15 p.m. The 2018 conference tournament will be Jan. 27 and the 2017 RPAC volleyball conference tournament is set for Oct. 17.

"Yes, the Republican Plains Activity Conference is excited to be expanding our partnership with McCook Community College in the coming years," said Alan Garey, Superintendent of Medicine Valley and RPAC Co-Activities Director.

"Since the creation of the RPAC, McCook has always been viewed as the 'hub' of the organization."

After completion of the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center, RPAC held tournament finals for volleyball and basketball during the 2015-2016 school year. Garey said in addition to allowing the conference tournaments to be played in a neutral championship facility and environment, the move to McCook helped improve attendance and helped raise the excitement levels for the players, coaches and fans.

The next three RPAC Leadership Workshops are slated to take place on campus during the fall semester. All 15 member schools sent their high school student council members to the MCC campus to work with MCC Staff on leadership building for the first leadership event this past September. Based on the positive feedback from both sides, this event will return to McCook for the next three years.

Leadership topics will rotate every four years according to Long so that a student who attends the workshops all four years will be exposed to a different topic each year.

"One of the strengths of smaller towns is their school systems and it is nice when the college can help by pooling resources to help our schools whenever possible. We are thrilled to be partners with the RPAC and look forward to working with them," Long said.

Many of the RPAC students attending the leadership workshop compete against each other on the athletic fields but find themselves on the same team when they arrive on the MCC campus because leadership teams are set up so that no school has two representatives on the same team.

"The students really enjoyed getting to know other students. I think taking them out of their comfort zones and putting them in to tribes with students they didn't know was a valuable aspect of this conference," Long said.

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