Asbury Intmurals engages students in indoor sports

Asbury offers a variety of events throughout the year, ranging from football in early autumn to volleyball when the weather cools.

While we haven’t experienced the chills of the upcoming winter season lately, fall sports have come to an end and ushered in the time for indoor sports.

This time of year, all Asbury students have the opportunity to join a school team to play either coed volleyball or men’s basketball. For many students, this is the only opportunity to compete in sports during school. It gives students the opportunity to gain the team experience in an appropriate dose for their busy schedules.

“Intramurals are a great way for students to practice a sport they enjoy that they wouldn’t normally be able to compete in, it’s a great physical activity for those who can’t be as active during the day, and it’s a great way to meet new people and make friends,” said junior Anna Thatcher.

For others, it gives them the opportunity to compete in multiple sports without a scheduling conflict. Such is the case for golf newcomer João Costa, who competes in mixed volleyball for Eqip’s team.

“It’s nice to compete in a sport that isn’t yours so you can have a community and expand your activities,” Costa said.

Halfway through the season, they performed well and enjoyed their time together.

While there are many reasons students join internists, Costa did so to get involved as a freshman and join his friend’s team to meet his player quota.

“I wanted to seek more community and join my friends because they needed players,” Costa said.

For Costa, one of the best aspects of extracurricular study is the ability to compete and satisfying the desire to win.

“Winning in a competitive environment is the best,” said Costa.

For this reason, indoor sports are popular with students. Thatcher is an intramural referee and sees a lot of participation this time of year.

“I would say the most popular sport is a toss-up between basketball and volleyball. In both sports, a lot of teams register to play, and there’s also a lot of people just watching and cheering on their friends as they play,” said Thatcher.

Events are typically packed with students, bringing a lively atmosphere to a late-night Luce Center. Thatcher can also be there as a referee and enjoy it.

“I recommend Intramurals because it fits well into my busy schedule, my colleagues are my friends and we enjoy working together and I just enjoy the atmosphere we’ve created,” said Thatcher.

Intramurals continue to compete through December. Volleyball plays on Monday and Wednesday and basketball on Tuesday and Thursday. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to cheer on their friends as they compete.

Internships are offered to students throughout the year.

“Students should know that internships are for absolutely everyone,” said Thatcher. “If you are super skilled and love sports, bring the competition. If you’re reluctant but still want to join a team, come have fun and play anyway. If you don’t play but would like to watch sports, come and cheer on your friends!”


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