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Football - Fri, Sep. 11, 2015

It was a difficult decision for Haskell Indian Nations University President Venida Chenault but the future of the football program was at a crossroads.  "I believe there are certain times when you really need to take a step back and look at the direction you are going," said Chenault.  "The University has such a long standing tradition with football but I believe it was time to do some real soul searching and develop a long term plan for the program."

HINU is in the midst of that search and took its first step when the University hired Todd Davis as their new Athletic Director.  On the job since July 27, he will be responsible for the program and its future.

With him on campus now, Davis and HINU started their own "sole" searching last month.  Since football was suspended, the University had a limited supply of football shoes on hand.  "We approached Nike and they were immediately on board with us!" said Davis.  "There was really no reason to just let the shoes set on the shelf."

Nike has been the school's athletic supplier since 2000.  "They joined us approximately 15 years ago and the relationship has been great!" said Davis.  "It would be extremely difficult to provide our student-athletes the quality of apparel if it weren't for Nike."

Teaming with the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe, the twenty-man roster all had an opportunity to receive a new pair of football shoes, courtesy of Nike.  Needless to say, the student-athletes were excited about the new footwear!

The cleats also arrived just in time as the Kansas School for the Deaf took the field that Thursday morning for their season opener against the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.  Size was not a factor on this game day but each one played with the passion and heart of a professional football player.  The desire and determination to win was displayed on their faces during each play.  In the end, the two eight-man football teams battled right down to the final minute but Wisconsin edged Kansas 36 – 30.

Even though the contest ended in a loss for the Jackrabbits, there were no real losers on this day.  Both teams shook hands and the two opponents left the field waiting for their next big opportunity to play again.   

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