Virtual leagues added to intramural sports

Stevenson’s intramural sports program has officially begun competition for the spring season. This league is competitive though not as structured as club or NCAA sports.

Vincent Lee, a football player, participated in the 3v3 intramural basketball tournaments in the fall of 2018, and returned to the court for the spring semester. (Photo from the Stevenson campus recreation website)

Kris DeJesus, a graduate assistant in the Office of Campus Recreation, said that intramural sports began competition in 2011, and has risen in popularity since then. Some of the featured sports in competition during this new season are coed basketball, NBA 2K19 league, billiards league, and coed dodgeball.

According to the Campus Recreation website, “Intramural sports is committed to improving the quality of life on campus, fostering personal growth for all who participate. The program is open to all students, faculty and staff. Stevenson University is a member of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association in which intramurals is a major entity.”

For the first time in intramural history at Stevenson, virtual sports leagues are competing with the addition of the NBA 2K league. In these leagues there are five games played, and everyone participating in the league makes it to the playoffs.

The playoffs are based on seeding in the five prior games, and all final scores must be emailed to DeJesus for the win to be official.

“At the end of the season, similar to NCAA competition, playoffs are held, including rankings for sportsmanship,” said Tyre Maul, a senior business communication major and a Mustangs football player. There will also be a championship game, and the winners will receive an intramural championship T-shirt as a prize.

These leagues still have availability and are open to the entire Stevenson University student body. Sign up is still available at IMleagues.com.

The spring intramural program has two seasons, each with different sports offered.

“Season one is the current intramurals sports season occurring now until March 31,” said DeJesus, “and the second season starts April 1 with outdoor soccer and softball.”

Dan Williams, a football player and student worker in Campus Recreation, said Stevenson intramural sports are run primarily by student workers.

“Being a part of the intramurals staff is a great experience that helps develop communication skills, while enjoying your favorite sport,” said Williams. Williams is in his first year as a basketball referee for the coed basketball league.

“Intramural sports are a great addition to Stevenson,” said Jordon Huey, a junior football player at Stevenson, who believes intramural sports appeal to a wide variety of Stevenson students. “Playing in the leagues is not only fun and competitive, but it relieves some of the stress from school.”

For more information about signing up to become a part of the intramurals staff, email DeJesus or Laura Waginger, assistant director of Campus Recreation. The Office of Campus Recreation also has drop-in hours on weekdays from 1-5 p.m. The office is located on the first floor of Garrison Hall North in the area past the eGaming room.

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