Students explain why intramural sports are beneficial

Every year at Quincy University the school has hosted intramural sports. In the past the sports that were played were basketball, darts, dodgeball, and volleyball. This year the school is only hosting intramural basketball. Administrators are allowing faculty and staff to play in this year’s intramural basketball. 

There will be five weeks of competition with seven teams playing in this year’s intramurals. At the end of season the teams will be seeded and play knockout games to see who will be crowned intramural basketball champions. The games will be played in Pepsi Arena.

Students at the university are upset that there is only one intramural sport being offered but are grateful that there is one to participate in. 

Though intramural sports are supposed to be fun and welcoming, some coaches of sports teams aren’t allowing their players to participate. Some coaches are doing this because their teams are in season. Other coaches are doing this to protect their players in case one of them gets injured while playing.

Intramural sports help students, faculty, and staff build relationships and connections with others within the institution. This can lead to a greater sense of community and belonging. 

Administrators are allowing faculty and staff to play in this year’s intramural basketball.

“I love participating in intramural sports here at QU. My first intramurals were my freshman year last year and I had a blast. I created memories with my teammates that we still talk about till this day,” Natatlie Dearwester said.

Intramurals provide an opportunity for participants to develop new skills or improve existing ones. This can include physical skills, such as hand-eye coordination and endurance, as well as social and leadership skills, such as communication and teamwork.

“I have always been a fan of intramural sports. They are fun to play in because it helps build teamwork between my friends and I. I think at the end of the year we become closer and communicate better within. I also want to win so I can have bragging rights around campus,” TJ Wensing said.

Playing intramural sports help build teamwork, communication, and dedication between teammates. It helps them build friendships outside of their practice environment and to help them get to know each other better. 

Engaging in physical activity through intramurals can be a great way to relieve stress and improve mental health. It can also provide a healthy competitive outlet for participants, which can help build confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

“I like the idea of intramural basketball because I am able to play an organized game of basketball again. I haven’t been able to do that since high school. It also allows me to see how athletic my teammates and I are outside of golf,” David Hutson said. 

Participating in intramurals can have a positive impact on both physical and mental health, as well as provide opportunities for personal and social growth. Students say that it helps them escape school and athletics for a short period of time. They say even though it’s a short amount of time it helps them tremendously. 

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