By Taylor Sims
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., (UTC/The Loop) – Campus recreation allows students, as well as faculty and staff, the opportunity for fun competition, meeting new people, and staying in shape.
The university’s Club Sports program currently offers 21 different sports and activities. Just a few of these include baseball, fencing, ladies lacrosse, and paintball.
The Club Sports website states that its goal is to “produce ‘student-lead, student-run’ organizations that enhance participants teamwork and leadership abilities while also maintaining a safe, fun, and friendly environment for all.”
A few of the Intramural Sports at UTC include horseshoes, Frisbee golf, and racquetball. These activities are open to any student, faculty, or staff member as long as they have a valid Mocs card.
Senior Stephen Mitchell participates in an intramural co-ed basketball team every year.
“I had fun with intramurals because I got to play my favorite sports after high school,” said Mitchell. “I got to hangout with my friends and meet new people as well as stay in shape, be healthy, be active, and relax my mind instead of studying all night long.”
Junior Gaby Dixon is one of the co-captains the ladies lacrosse club team. She said that while she enjoys playing the sport, organization and funding are difficult.
“It’s hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time,” said Dixon. “Plus it’s hard for us to get good practice schedules because there are so many club teams.”
Club and intramural sports provide students with much needed breaks from the everyday stresses of class and study time.
The new ARC, including the brand new aquatic center, along with other facilities such as intramural fields, Maclellan gym, and the racquet center are used for the several sports and activities offered.
Students who wish to get involved in club or intramural sports can stop by the Club Sports/Intramurals offices or visit the university website.