October 27th, 2014

The World of Intramurals

I clearly remember my basketball senior night in high school and I remember wondering what I would do with my life now that basketball was over. I started playing basketball when I was in 4th grade and by the time I was in middle school, I was playing year round. My routine was wake up, go to school, play. Rinse and repeat.
I wasn’t good enough to play college ball but I couldn’t imagine dropping something that was such a big part of my life. At the same time, I was so focused on trying to find a group of friends, a place on this campus of 5,000 students where I could belong.
Enter the magical world of intramural sports. We brag about being a program for everyone and something I’ve learned from both participating and working for this program is that this statement is true. For the past two (almost three…wow) years, I’ve played for BCM, one of the Christian organizations on campus. We are definitely not one of the best teams, but we definitely have the best spirit and the most fun. For me and for this organization, intramural sports is the opportunity to pull in students and rally together for a fun cause: the coveted IM shirt. For an hour, just once a week, we get to forget about that job interview, that 4,000 word essay, or our two back-to-back midterms, and attempt to put balls in baskets and over nets. One day us BCMers will finally win that shirt, but until then we hold on to the smaller, more memorable moments: the buzzer beater 3pt I shot my freshman year, our associate pastor diving on the volleyball court for balls, and our accidental hug tackles from our lack of coordination.
In my final thoughts, I have to say I think I have the best job on campus. I get paid to watch sports. Granted, there’s more to what I do than just that, but in the end (on a good night with good officiating and minimal injuries), I not only get to watch some pretty fun(ny) games but know that I am helping to create memories like the ones I described above. I work on a staff with people who love what they do at a school with people who love to be here. In the magical world of intramural sports, everyone is welcome and everyone fits in.

Rebecca Koch

October 17th, 2014

TAP Takes to the Mountains

William and Mary’s Tribe Adventure Program took to the mountains this past Fall Break in a soaking wet, pony filled rock climbing journey. Not ones to be deterred by some mild downpours, our fearless climbers attacked the Grayson Highlands boulders in far western Virginia. When bucked off the rock by nature’s slippery resistance, they strapped their pads and packs right back on and headed out into the backcountry near Mt. Rogers to be greeted by a string of wild ponies native to the highland wilderness, averaging around 4800 feet in elevation. Though mother earth was not at her kindest this past weekend, the participants and the trip leaders managed to have a great time and all came back unscathed with great big (sopping wet) smiles.



March 11th, 2014

Fitness Websites We LOVE!

Need some new reading material?  Motivation?  A new fitness regimen?  Check out these fitness websites we just can’t get enough of!

Tone It Uptoneitup.com

If you’re a self-proclaimed Bravo junkie like I am, you’ve watched every episode of the new reality series Toned Up…more than once.  I’ll admit I was skeptical at first.  The show features two quintessential good-looking, hard-bodied trainers, Karena and Katrina (I had to get over the alliteration and rhyming, too), who are a bit ditzy.  But after about week three, both they and the show grew on me.  That’s why I was pretty excited to learn they have a website devoted to fitness and nutrition.

Filled with good recipes and workouts, the duo also offers a free program that will help you on your get fit journey.  It’s also good if you need a laugh.   A bit over the top, Karena and Katrina never miss an opportunity to have fun.

Shut Up + Runshutupandrun.net

Snarky posts?  Check.  Brutal honesty?  Check.  Bathroom humor?  Oh yeah.  This blog appeals to my inner New Yorker and causes me to, legitimately, LOL.  Although focused primarily on running, this is a blog that truly adheres to the definition “a website containing a writer’s own experiences, observations, opinions, etc.”  Case in point: her 6 Confessions for the Week posts.  Visit this blog for running tips, nutrition tips, or if you just want to see how your dirty little secrets match up to someone else’s.

Daily Cup of Yogadailycupofyoga.com

I’ve been wishing and willing myself to be a “yogi” for a while now.  There’s just something about them.  They’re earthy, graceful, and seem to be able to get through anything by just breathing.  Yes.  I’d like to be that.  Thus far, my journey, which finds me practicing yoga about two to three times per week, has made me run a bit faster, be a little more flexible, and relaxed me…for a good 17 minutes after each class.  Needless to say I have quite a bit farther to go on my quest for inner peace.  But after navigating this blog, I feel a little closer to success.

Daily Cup of Yoga provides readers with posts about everything from yoga culture to how to achieve happiness.  After all, yoga is not just about being able to touch the crown of your head with your toes.  It’s a mindset, and this website does a great job focusing on that aspect of the practice.  Another plus:  there are many guest posts, so readers get various perspectives and viewpoints.

Girls Gone Stronggirlsgonestrong.com

Girls Gone Strong is dedicated to those ladies who are not afraid to “lift heavy.”  But if you aren’t the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, or don’t even like to lift, you can still benefit from this blog.  If you’re new or relatively new to pumping iron, the instructional videos on this site will make going to the gym much less confusing and intimidating.  For those of you who aren’t so quick to lift heavy, there are tons of other posts for you to enjoy – recipes for everything from meals to shakes, reviews of detox diets and supplements, and tons of motivation.

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