Get Your Head in the Game

“There’s nothing to do on campus.”

What a load of nonsense. Have you set foot outside your dorm? Do you walk around campus blindfolded? Do all of your emails go to Clutter?

I’m sorry, I don’t mean to lecture you, I’m not your professor/parents. I’m merely the Mount’s Assistant Director of Intramurals and Club Sports. Some of you may know me from my previous stint as a student at this campus, some of you may not (we’ll meet at some point, it’s not an enormous campus). Believe me, I understand many of the trials and tribulations that you encounter at the Mount: you are not alone. I am here merely as sherpa to help guide you through the icy, mountainous terrain that is student affairs programming. I won’t speak for the other offices in Lower McGowan—you can visit them any time that is convenient for you, I promise they won’t bite.

Before I continue, I would like to clarify something; this is not a shameless plug. If it were, I would just simply put some advertisements in the paper and call it a day, but that’s not how I operate. Besides, we’re nearing the end of the school year, and there only two more intramural events open for sign-ups (like Adventure Race, co-sponsored by CRUX: sign up in Patriot from 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. until this Thursday!).

I’ve been a part of the Mount’s Department of Campus Recreation for the better part of five years now, and I’ve seen it all. The exhilarating comebacks, crushing defeats and the occasional hilarious mishap; all equally exciting in their own right. The beauty of intramurals is that the glory of sport isn’t exclusive to college athletes and the professionals. Intramural sports give everyone a taste of what it’s like to win the proverbial “big one”. Almost every participant who competes in intramurals has a story that he or she tells with fond remembrance.

That’s the best part of this job. Not only are we giving students the opportunity to play organized sports, we’re giving them the chance to compete to the best of their ability. When you watch sports, you often don’t remember whether the defense was technically sound, nor do you notice the brilliant strategic substitutions: it’s all about the big moments. That’s what we’re really trying to sell. They may not come often, but when they do, it’s almost euphoric. And that’s if you’re merely a spectator. Once you’re part of the action, it’s a whole different monster. Who’s to say that the last-minute goal you scored in the intramural soccer finals is less fantastic than a Lionel Messi game-winner in the World Cup? All that matters is that you were a part of it. It’s your story to tell.

That’s all this job is honestly. It’s to give the mundane a chance to be legendary. That’s what sports is about: 59 minutes of going through the motions, and that 1 minute of immortal glory or agonizing defeat. It’s such a simple concept. We have all the sports you’ve grown up with: basketball, football and the like, but we’re also cognizant of the times. We‘re always looking to provide you with new sports and events at which you and your teammates can win championship shirts. Intramural sports are, however, more than just a chance to get a free shirt. We’re here for you, and that’s the bottom line.

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