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home : news : sports September 24, 2017

8/30/2017 8:29:00 AM
Lander, Toros formalize partnership to create new opportunities for students

The Lander University Athletic Department is announcing a community outreach partnership with the Lakelands Toros Soccer Club. The Toros organization has been part of the Greenwood community since 1978 and currently includes more than 500 players from ages 4 to 19. 

Under this partnership, the Toros will provide a constant source of internship and volunteer opportunities for Lander students and student-athletes, with plans to offer three to five internships per semester. These internships will focus on areas of coaching, marketing, and business and administrative duties that support the Toros. Internships will be available for students in a variety of majors, including exercise science, accounting, marketing, English and mass communications. 

The partnership will also make it easier for both organizations to collaborate on joint projects, such as instructional clinics with the Lander University Athletic Department and game day events for Toros players at Bearcat soccer matches. 


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Lloyd Willis, current Toros president and an associate professor of English at Lander, explains that this partnership formalizes longstanding cooperation between the soccer club and Lander University Athletics. 

"Many of our players are the children of Lander alumni. Additionally, many of our players grow up and attend Lander themselves, and many of our coaches are connected to the university," Willis said. One example, he said, is Jamie Ramm, Toros director of coaching, who was an All-American soccer player for retired Lander coach Van Taylor's Bearcats from 2006-2010. 

"Formalizing our relationship with Lander will simply enable us to offer Lander students more opportunities and give the children in our programs more exposure to people in the university community," Willis added. "This is a great situation for everyone." 

Brian Reese, Director of Athletics at Lander, said he was very excited about the partnership. "This is a win-win for our Lander students, student-athletes and those who participate in the Toros' programs. This partnership will provide real experience for those who want to get involved in community outreach programming."

For more information, please contact Lloyd Willis at or 864-337-4722.

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