Published: April 14, 2016
After spending the cold weather indoors, the students at The University have a chance to get outside, as spring intramural sports have started back up.
Although the weather may not necessarily be Florida-esque, getting back outside, immersed with fresh air, is always a positive thing.
The spring season offers the most intramural sports, as students have the opportunity to participate in basketball (men’s and women’s), co-rec volleyball, co-rec dodgeball, doubles cornhole, doubles badminton, soccer (men’s and women’s) and co-rec softball.
Intramural sports are the perfect way for students to engage in friendly, engaging competition. It is especially gratifying for students who played sports in high school, but chose not to continue their formal athletic careers in college.
Essentially, intramural sports provide students with the competition of sports, just sans the abundantly dubious time commitment.
Emily Frantzen is a junior nursing major who has played intramural volleyball since her first year.
“It’s a great way for me and my friends to get together and do something together that we all enjoy. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to bring people together,” Frantzen said.
Her high school did not have intramurals, however, she did play varsity tennis during that time.
“Intramurals allow you to feel like you are part of a team, which is something I always enjoyed while being on the tennis team in high school,” Frantzen said.
Frantzen finds intramurals to be a nice study break during the week, because it allows her to take her mind off of studying and school work in general. Her volleyball team has had a successful season and is currently in the playoffs.
Tom Kiselak is a junior neuroscience major, who is playing volleyball and softball this semester. His softball team just started playing last week. Kiselak’s volleyball team is currently in the playoffs and has only suffered one loss.
Kiselak has also played intramurals since his first year.
“I choose to play intramural sports because it allows me to continue my athletic career without the time commitment that a collegiate sport would require, minimizing a potential threat to my academics.” Kiselak said.
Kiselak also commented on his team’s success.
“My team had a successful season because we all enjoyed playing the games and being in each other’s company outside of school,” Kiselak.
Eric Angeles is also a junior and his major is community health education. He is an avid basketball fan. He has played intramural basketball since his first year and has played volleyball as well.
“Intramural sports are a great way to do something with friends, and a good way to get some exercise in,” Angeles said.
Angeles finds intramurals to be a place where you can be competitive with your friends and have fun at the same time.
Angeles’ volleyball team has made the playoffs and he mentioned his basketball team called the Juicy J’s has been a “serious contender” since his sophomore year in the C league for men.
“We made it to the finals my sophomore year, and plan on making an emphatic return this year,” Angeles said.
He finished by quoting DJ Khaled saying, ‘They don’t want us to have a bigger pool than Kanye.’
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