Intramurals brings activity and fellowship

To play or not to play — that is the question.

It is time for intramural captains to scout new prospects and get fall semester teams together because the season is now approaching.
Senior exercise science major and intramural coordinator Kelsey Gobin is passionate about her job and believes it is preparing her for a future career.

Being coordinator, she is constantly meeting new people and interacting with new personalities.

“Intramurals, in my eyes, is a huge ministry,” she said, “One of the most beautiful things about sports and competition is that it breaks down barriers between people and brings them together.”

Gobin is in charge of all intramural teams and games. Although her duty list is long and tedious, she is aware of the blessings that come with creating the teams, making all game schedules and makes sure the recreation staff are at all games.

“People that would not normally associate with one another are all of the sudden playing sports together,” Gobin said, “it’s a huge ministry in the form of fellowship.”

Junior public relations major Landra Davidson played soccer last fall and encourages all incoming students to get involved with intramurals.

“The freshmen can meet people and learn how to play on a team together,” she said.

One way to get placed on a team is to sign up as a free agent.

Freshman Christian ministries major Chad Manns is willing to be a free agent. Manns’ church back home had open gym Tuesday nights for volleyball games, so he has had plenty of practice.

Gobin said the free agent list is offered for all the sports. Students may sign up in the rec office located between the tennis and sand volleyball courts.

“I like meeting new people,” Manns said. “It (intramurals) is a great fellowship opportunity.”

If enough free agents are on the list, Gobin will create a team, but if there is a small number, those students will be dispersed to different existing teams.

Upper classmen continue to take part in intramurals, not only because of the friendships that develop, but because of the tradition.
Senior business management major Michael Beach enjoys playing softball and believes participating is a good way to build friendships.
Beach has been on the same team, CruDoo, for two years.

“It brings me back to the glory days of playing baseball,” he said. “There is a time and place for being very competitive, and intramurals can be that place as long as you treat others with the respect they deserve.”

Playing intramural sports is encouraged on campus, even if students here not played a sport before, they are always welcomed to have a fun time and bond with fellow students.

“Intramurals and rec sports give students on campus a great way to fellowship together and play in Christ’s name,” Gobin said.
The intramurals for fall include flag football, soccer and indoor volleyball.

Author: Andra Holbrooks

Andra is a senior Mass Communication/Journalism major from Aledo, TX. She is the Features Page Editor for The Bells. Andra loves spending time with her family, roommates and friends. Although her time at UMHB will soon come to an end, she will always hold the Crusader family dearly in her heart. Her adventure of becoming Features Editor for The Bells began in 2008. Being a writer was not a profession she ever imagined pursuing, but she is thankful for the opportunity God has given her to do so. She enjoys page designing and writing feature stories. After graduation in May, she hopes to use her degree by working for a magazine or reporting for a news station.

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