November 4th, 2014

Adventures of a Sport Club

It’s seven in the morning and I’ve already driven a twelve passenger van through the streets of D.C. while wearing a ballgown and at least a quarter cup of hair gel. Welcome to collegiate ballroom dance, the only sport club at William and Mary that regularly practices in high heels and glitter. For us, fall competition weekend means driving up to the University of Maryland for two straight days of dancing, music, and desperately trying to avoid stepping on our partners’ feet. We may not look as rugged as soccer or rugby, but we’re certainly as intense.

At the same time we’re dancing the tango, over ten other William and Mary sport clubs are scattered across the east coast preparing for their own games and competitions. Having been both a sport club supervisor and a sport club officer, I’ve gotten a unique perspective into just how much work goes into ensuring all these clubs get where they need to go. When we have as many as eighteen clubs leaving campus each week, it takes a huge cooperative effort between campus recreation and the clubs themselves to get everyone moving.

Before the trip, sport club officers have gathered lists of participants, organized vehicles and lodging, planned budgets, and submitted registration paperwork, among a multitude of other things. All this paperwork is then reviewed by the sport club office. Waivers and driver authorizations are checked, vans are assigned, emails are sent, rosters and budgets are verified. Club members familiarize themselves with emergency protocols and re-stock first aid kits, preparing everyone for a safe and organized trip. It’s a lot of work – but it’s definitely worth it! For ballroom, competition weekend is a great club bonding experience, not to mention giving us the chance to meet dancers from other schools. At our competition this past weekend, I was really pleased to see so many of our newcomers reaching out to talk to people at other schools.

The competition this past weekend was one of our best yet, with more of our members getting ribbons than in any year I can remember. This will also be our biggest competition of the year, and club members more than rose to meet the challenge. We had one of our newcomer –level partnerships get third place (out of more than 60!) dancing cha-cha, three of our bronze partnerships got ribbons in their dances, our gold-level partnership got third place for all their rhythm style dances, and all of our latin style dancers progressed at least to semi-finals. Plus, everyone in the club got at least one callback to progress towards finals, which is awesome. More importantly, newcomers and returners alike had a great time dancing the weekend away. And there was not a single costume malfunction.

If you haven’t tried out a sport club here at W&M, I highly recommend you do so. We literally have a club for everybody, whether lacrosse or table tennis or ballroom dance is more your style. And if you do end up traveling with your club, be sure to thank your sport club officers and fill out any paperwork they need – they’ve put a lot of work into making your trip possible!

Angelina Schiano

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.



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