Student Organizes Motocross Event on Campus
Sept. 12, 2008 -- For Matt Vassal motocross is, "too scary to do anymore." But the Western State College senior still enjoys watching the extreme sport, and has been instrumental in organizing this Saturday's Team FMX motocross event - a first of its kind in Gunnison. It is part of WSC's homecoming festivities this weekend.
Team FMX, a rider owned and operated company, that puts on freestyle motocross exhibitions will perform Saturday, starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Borick Business Building parking lot. The lot is on the south end of WSC's campus.
Vassal, the special events coordinator for Program Council (PC), a student led organization that plans events at WSC, wants to provide "something cool" for the students and the community. "We'll be the second college in the nation to do this type of thing," he said.
Vassal once did motocross himself, but is now more interested in skateboarding and mountain biking. "I got old and that stuff got really scary," he shared. "My job for PC is to come up with original ideas. This is will be something that is out of the ordinary for Western."
Team FMX professional riders have performed freestyle motocross stunt shows in over ten countries around the globe. Their show, according to their website is, "a choreographed routine of...high flying, action packed freestyle motocross jumping along with the crowd."
The show will consist of three performances with scheduled breaks into between. Freestyle motocross has been featured on ESPN, ABC and NBC.
Vassal shared that, "this was my idea but a lot of other people at Western have been involved."
He invited WSC students to stop by Ute Hall for their weekly meetings. "We meet at 4:00 at Ute on Mondays and we need help."
Program council's office is in Ute Hall Room 104.
The event is free to all spectators.
Story by: Luke Mehall, assistant director of public relations