In the cool of Texas fall nights, students circle in for a huddle. Teams like the Deputy Dawgs and El Fuego are part of the university’s intramural flag football.
The league consists of both men’s and co-ed teams, with varying levels of competitiveness.
The Frog Giggers, an all-men’s team, created the name from one of the member’s fantasy football leagues. Many of the Giggers not only make plays on the field together but also work together in the university’s financial aid office.
Senior marketing major Justen Aguillon said, “All of us in fi nancial aid are playing against each other in a department-wide fantasy football league.”
But the men also compete outside cyberspace in real-world football.
“Well, we all enjoy each other’s company and interact outside of the office anyway. So this wasn’t a stretch
for us to play together,” Aguillon said.
Not only are students enjoying the fresh air and playing outdoors, but they’re staying physically fi t.
Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver said, “There’s a huge obesity problem in our youth, from a very early age up through the twenties.”
In addition to overusing the convenience of fast food, Weaver said students are spending too much time
in the easy chair.
“We do a lot more sedentary things, like sitting at our computers and playing video games,” she said. “So intramurals gives us a chance to get outside and be active.”
The best part, Weaver said, is that playing intramurals isn’t like working out.
“It’s fun,” she said. “It’s more like playing outside when you were little.”
Junior sport management and exercise science major Kelsey Gobin serves as the intramural coordinator.
Part of her responsibilities include marketing the many recreation events for students. Intramural sports offers football, softball, volleyball, basketball, tennis and ultimate Frisbee.
Gobin thinks intramural sports offer students opportunities to strengthen social skills, and that’s what she
enjoys most about her job.
“I love watching people have fun,” Gobin said. “To see kids that don’t really fit in a lot, and see them out here with a team having fun (by) being included — that’s always rewarding.”
Students shouldn’t let a lack of physical ability or hand-foot coordination get in the way of participating.
“You don’t have to be experienced… to come play intramurals,” she said. “It’s a lot less competitive.”
Crusaders who like to participate, but don’t have a team, can sign up in the recreation office to be a free agent.
Gobin said she has seen more female students participate than in years past, even though “the weather has not been good to us in flag football.”
Aguillon encourages students to participate in sports activities, even if they never have before.
“My advice to those who aren’t involved in intramurals would be to simply join. Take a risk,” he said. “You’re more apt to meet new people, develop more relationships and, overall, feel more at home with the university.”
Once the winning team of the university’s league has been determined, the team continues to a competition
in the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association. The winners receive accolades.
“Whoever wins the UMHB (league), they get a T-shirt that says UMHB Intramural Champions,” Gobin said. “They get their picture hung up in the rec office. No big deal, but (we) make it a big deal.”