The FIT showcases intramurals
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The FIT showcases intramurals

Published 2/8/18

Jalen Porter

TNE Writer

Intramural sports help students stay active throughout the semester. With intramural sports at NSU comes intense competition. Intramural activities are for all students, faculty and staff. The purpose of intramural sports is to promote recreation, activity and social skills.

There are competitions for male and female teams. Some sports also have coed activities. There are eight sports going on during the spring semester. There is a high demand at NSU for new intramural competitive sports. The campus is finding a new demand for a wider variety of student activity.

Intramurals offer more than just the traditional sports of basketball, football, soccer and softball. Students made requests to have lacrosse, quidditch, water polo, kickball, mini-olympics, floor hockey, ultimate Frisbee, pickleball and disc golf. These are just some of the variety of sports they offer, which appeal to many different groups of students. The sports they have for this spring are handball, dodgeball, ping pong, basketball, kickball, pickleball, flag football and soccer.

“I had played intramurals with friends since coming here as a freshman and really enjoyed them,” said Caleb Nichols, The FIT employee. “A friend who worked at The FIT told me they were looking for some more students to be referees and to work office hours. I have always had a love for sports so I knew I would enjoy working for intramurals.”

Quidditch, a sport from the “Harry Potter” series will make its debut this spring as an official NSU intramural sport. Quidditch is a contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball and tag. A quidditch team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times, using three different kinds of balls and playing four different positions.

“I used to play sports in high school,” said Colton Strickland, Wagoner junior. “I stopped when I came to NSU, but intramurals make me feel like an athlete again.”

The student-led program strives for excellence by emphasizing the values of good sportsmanship, integrity and cooperation. They are aiming to create a diverse experience all participants want to return to year after year. The program focuses on providing participants with exercise, recreation, competition and fun.

“Intramurals gave me the chance to get out of my dorm and be productive,” said Nicholas Barnett, Dewey senior. “I have made a lot of friends after I joined the program.”

Intramurals give students, faculty and staff members an opportunity to get involved in something engaging and to be active on campus in friendly competitions and tournaments. It has a positive effect on the community because it does not matter who wants to play, whether they are a veteran athlete or a first-time participant. There are plenty of opportunities waiting for everyone that will provide a sense of community and belonging. There is no charge to join intramurals. Students can register soon for the upcoming sport: flag football. Registration is March 14, which will take place in The FIT.

The FIT is located on NSU’S Tahlequah campus behind the Webb Building. It is open to faculty, students and the community. Students and faculty have free memberships but must register at the beginning of every year. The FIT is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, email Nichols at nichol30@nsuok.edu.


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