Once a varsity student graduates high school they must make one of three choices as they enter college. To pack up their gear and leave the sport behind, to pursue this sport professionally –representing their university, or to join the intramural teams on their college campus. Known for its Division I sports, Marist College athletes are constantly practicing and making sure they are focused for big games. But what about the athletes who continue to represent the school that don’t wear the Marist logo on their jersey ?
Marist College is home to 14 intramural programs in which students participate throughout the school year. This program is known to enhance student’s college life as they continue to maintain the athleticism they once had playing high school sports. It also allows students to come together once or twice a week and enjoy a friendly, or competitive, game, and gives them the opportunity to practice their skills among others. Programs such as intramural soccer, basketball, softball, dodge ball, badminton, volleyball, and more are offered to all students depending on the season.
After speaking to many of the students that continued to play intramurals throughout their time at Marist, it was easy to see that there were many advantages to the program. Adam Nuzzo, captain of many of his intramural teams, confessed if he wasn’t playing intramurals he would be quite a few pounds heavier. “I love ‘dancing’ out there on the court… the physical activity definitely keeps me in shape.”
Unlike the Division I sports at Marist, intramural sports become a social interaction since a majority of the sports are co-ed. This makes for a more interesting game, especially, as Nuzzo mentioned, “if there’s people that actually want to be there and play the game the right way, we have a good time.”
Caroline Cole, a senior referee for intramural basketball and a four-year varsity athlete in high school, described how intramurals helps her maintain her athleticism. “I like feeling that I am still part of a team. I also love the competition, so intramurals is great for that too.” Intramurals have also allowed her to make many new friends and connections as well. Christopher Sanfilippo, a senior commissioner for badminton, also reiterated this sentiment, and mentioned how the staff is one of the best aspects of this program aside from actually playing the sport. “It’s people that genuinely care.”
It is amazing to see seniors pursue their sports career at Marist by continuing to play intramurals all four years. Seeing as a lot of the sports are more upperclassmen orientated, “[you see] a lot of guys holding onto the last strands of hope trying to make it to the big leagues” says Nuzzo, which makes some intramural sports more competitive than others.
As more students become involved there are some teams that are becoming too full to accommodate these growing numbers. As a result of this submission of teams to a sport close out, and leave some students without a team. However, commissioners and staff are constantly working on the organization of intramurals, especially because the program is constantly changing. They are also working on the dynamics of the program to make intramurals worth investing in now more than ever before.