Last week the Carolinian caught up with some of the student participates who have played in the Rec Center’s intramural outdoor soccer teams. Now that summer is officially over and fall is making its way onto the scene, outdoor soccer is becoming more and more difficult to play due to the lowering temperature. Fortunately, early threats to cancel the matches due to Hurricane Joaquin were overthrown and the students were given enough time to play prior to the heavy rain and wind.
For those who are not familiar with UNCG’s intramural sports, Intramural Sports is one of the most active programs on campus with more than 10,000 participations annually. It provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to remain active by competing in their favorite sports during the school year. Whether you are looking for a recreational or competitive level of play, Intramural Sports has something to offer.
These sports as well as more information can be found on UNCG’S main campus web page.
“These teams and games are a great way to stay in shape and make friends,” says newly appointed ref, Obi.
With the physical activity and companionship which sports provide, intramural sports also create a friendly community for students who are not even playing in the games. The games played also serve as a relaxing setting for students to observe and support UNCG campus events.
Student Government Senator, Andre White, was in attendance during the game and explained how his love for soccer progressed through SGA participation. “I was never a fan of soccer, but SGA aims to support all UNCG events, so I started coming to the games and now I love it.”
As more students began to attend the game, the Carolinian also caught up with Chi Omega Sorority supporters. Jessica Dehlavi, a veteran Chi Omega member explained that school spirit and support for all UNCG organizations is a big part of Greek life.
“I have a bunch of friends who are in intramural sports, especially because I’m in the Greek life here,” says Dehlavi. “You get meet a lot of new people too when you aren’t afraid to explore and come out to the games and talk to people,” she added.
As the year progresses, intramural indoor and outdoor soccer will continue to gain support from the student body, as well as serve as a social gathering by introducing students and keeping them in shape.
With intramural soccer, there are games for both men, women and coed. For the men’s and women’s leagues, games are played on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Game times vary, as on Thursdays, contests start in the late afternoon at 4pm and end in the early evening, as the final game begins at 7pm. However, on Wednesdays, games start at 8pm and the final game for that day starts at 10pm.
For Coed leagues, the times and scheduling as flipped, as Wednesday games begin at 4pm and end a little bit after 8pm. Thursday games by comparison end around 11pm as their games kick off at 7:00 p.m.