Student 101: Intramural teammates make lifelong friends

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First pingpong tournament is Sept. 15; extramurals program seeks advisers to rekindle volleyball and soccer.

By Michelle Delgado

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Pingpong, 7-on-7 flag football and 7-on-7 soccer are some of the intramural sports at this college.

Pingpong tournaments will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 and 21 in the game room of Loftin Student Center.

The deadline to sign up is the day before the tournaments.

Intramural sports are competitive sports within an institution where students compete against their peers, said Marisa Martinez, senior student success specialist.

Martinez has been involved with the program since she started working here in 2014. She said it has been a great turnout with all the student recruitments.

The coed intramurals program is available to all currently enrolled students.

Martinez said offering sports increases enrollment; sometimes students want to continue their high school sports into college.

“A student does not have to know how to play the sport; oftentimes their teammates are willing to help,” Martinez said. “You stay active with a healthy lifestyle and you make lifelong friends.”

She recommends the program to anyone who wants to have fun and meet new people, saying being on a team helps people break out of their shell.

The intramural sports at this college also include softball, volleyball, kickball and dodgeball.

Martinez said she usually schedules the tournaments on weekdays between 2 and 4 p.m.

Prizes include trophies, T-shirts and medals.

The first flag football game will be at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Olmos Basin Park, where the 7-on-7 leagues usually take place.

Students must sign up for flag football by Sept. 19.

If a student has some knowledge of a particular sport, Martinez offers job opportunities if they wish to become an official. This is the first semester that a female official has been hired, she said.

The program is now starting to do 5K and 10K runs. Huarache Turbo will host a Dia de los Muertos run at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Lady Bird Johnson Park.

Any student at this college can sign up for the run as long as they have paid the student activity fee, which is $1 per semester hour and is included in their tuition each semester.

Martinez also works with the extramural sports program, which includes men and women’s basketball teams.

Extramurals differ from intramurals by competing against other schools.

A student who is involved in extramurals must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Martinez said this college no longer has an extramural volleyball or soccer team but she wants to bring them back.

Students need an adviser before they can organize the teams.

The office of student life is currently looking for full-time faculty or staff members to be an adviser for one of those teams.

For more information or to sign up, call 210-486-0125 or visit student life in room 256 of Loftin Student Center.

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