What do intramural sports mean to students?
Some students play for the exercise and to keep in shape, others to just play with their friends.
Intramural sports provides competition for fun among university students.
Some play because they miss the sport they played in high school.
Others play because they see the games as a way to reward themselves after a long day of classes.
Whatever the reason may be, intramural sports always seem to be popular.
Sports such as flag football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer are some of the sports that students are offered to play.
The turnout for all of these sports is high, and teams usually have one or two games a week.
Senior Martin Long says that is one of the reasons why he plays, because of “the amount of games intramurals provides.”
Competition is another major reason why people play.
Most of the teams that sign up are serious about playing, and these factors lead to games that can be intense at times.
These intense games lead to many fans watching the games, and in turn these games becoming very popular.
During many intense basketball games, the players and fans can really get into the game.
Friendly rivalries are created, and friendships are forged during these games.
Intramurals are a great place to meet people who share the same interests as you do.
Long said, “I like intramurals to keep in shape and enjoy the friendly competition.”
Exercise is another reason intramurals is popular.
With sports being offered year-round, it gives students a chance to stay active with a variety of competitive sports.
Junior Joel Martin agrees, saying “I play intramurals to stay in shape and have competitive fun that is not as serious as playing at a collegiate level.”
Playing games just a few nights a week is a great way to stay in shape, and many students take advantage of that opportunity.
However, the word competitiveness keeps coming up when students are asked why they play.
Many of the students that play intramurals played similar sports in high school and want to keep playing in college.
They play for the love of the game and want to keep playing with the same passion they did in high school.
Martin said, “I get a break at the end of the day to be active and work hard for a prize at the end of what competition I am entered in.”
Intramural Supervisor Matthew Stoey notices the impact intramurals has on the students, noting that
“For those who participate, I think it has a great impact on their lives for various reasons. First, it’s a great way to get exercise and release stress while playing a sport that you love to play and may have already played in the past. Second, not only does it allow you to spend time with your friends, but it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and interact with them. Lastly, it gives students a chance to get out of their rooms and enjoy have some fun while enjoying the college life,” Stoey said.