BY AMY MINCHIN
n 2011, University of West Florida President Dr. Judith Bense stood before the student body at a pep rally, raised a white helmet high for everyone to see, and proclaimed her intention to launch a college football program. “Building a stronger student life is part of UWF’s strategic plan,” Bense said at the time. “[Football is] visible, gets attention and will help us recruit students and attract the community. We must create reasons to stay in Northwest Florida once you complete your degree and build a common affinity and rally point for our students and community.” This September, that dream became a reality. The Argos competed in their inaugural game on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida.