Porter answered these questions last week from education reporter Chris Kieffer.
Q: What are the benefits to students from having non-traditional sports like archery and bowling?
A:You get a completely new group of kids who might not otherwise have had the chance to compete and represent the school. Kids who are wheelchair-bound can still compete in archery. It is also a coed sport, which makes it more appealing.
Q: How much interest for archery do you perceive? A:Just today (Friday), we had 50 kids sign up. I had even more kids who told me that they were interested but did not get a chance to sign up. That doesn’t guarantee that all of them will participate. They still have to meet MHSAA standards for eligibility. But I’m expecting to have 50-plus students participate.
Q: What sports do you see in the future?
A:I think we’ll eventually do almost anything that is offered by the MHSAA. In the last three or four years, we’ve had a lot of phone calls about wrestling. It was really popular in the ’70s and ’80s and then it just dwindled. We’ve always talked about lacrosse. If you’re going to have a sport, you need to have someone to compete against. There have to be other schools in your area that are interested and willing to play.