DES MOINES, Iowa -- Today marked the beginning of the end of athletics at AIB. The College of Business will close its Des Moines campus next June.
The school threw a tailgate to celebrate one of the final home games of the season. Fans enjoyed some free food as they watched the softball and baseball teams play doubleheaders.
“Today is going to be extra special,” Lauren Vittetoe said, senior co-captain of the softball team.
Most of the younger teammates will play somewhere else next year.
“We're all really supportive of their decision. They're great athletes and we're just really glad that they have a home for next year,” co-captain Kat Vela said.
“I've been so pleased and proud with the way that our student athletes have hung in there after they've known that we're going to discontinue athletics at AIG. Their attitude , their competitiveness, their spirit has been great,” AIB Athletics Director Al Dorenkamp said.
As the sports program winds down, AIB says one of the school's projects will have a lasting impact in the community. They teamed up with Lincoln High School to improve the field that the baseball and softball fields.
“I hope in the years to come a lot of young people will have the opportunity to compete on this field and to play and to practice and to develop as young people,” Dorenkamp said.
The baseball team will play its last home game on Tuesday.
The athletics department at AIB also included men’s and women’s soccer, golf, basketball, bowling, and volleyball.