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Friday, October 22, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 44

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Let the (intramural) games begin

By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff

Want to make your mark on the Cougar gridiron? Here's some good news: You don't have to be as talented as football superstar Ketric Sanford.

In fact, all you have to do is sign up at Garrison Gymnasium to take part in flag football or one of the other two dozen intramural and club sports offered by the Department of Campus Recreation.

"We want to make every player feel like Ketric Sanford," said James Robertson, student marketing coordinator for campus recreation. "We want to bring students into the intramural sports program and establish a lasting tradition on campus."

The department is trying to increase participation and awareness on campus by traditional methods -- flyers and word-of-mouth -- as well as through a newsletter, the Weekly Competitor.

The Competitor contains statistics, game summaries and schedules to keep participants informed of activities.

Robertson said his personal goals are to "make everyone aware of at least five sports that campus recreation offers and to encourage more student groups to participate in intramural sports."

Director of Campus Activities and Recreation Kathleen Anzivino said the department offers a full range of club sports, which allow students to compete against other colleges, and intramurals, which pit UH students against each other.

The club sports range from judo and fencing to soccer, rugby and badminton. Intramurals features swimming, volleyball and other sports in addition to the ever-popular flag football.

Club and intramural sports offer teams for men and women, as well as coed teams. Robertson said fraternities and sororities are heavy participants, as are members of the ROTC, and Anzivino said the department is working toward getting enough participation from campus residents to revive a "dorm league."

And for those who shun competition, campus recreation offers gymnastics and aerobics classes in addition to the campus gymnasiums.

The department receives money from student fees, Robertson said, as well as additional support -- mostly in the form of equipment -- from companies like Nike, Mentadent and Target.

"They send us products to advertise and market," he said. "We put up banners and distribute their equipment to create awareness on campus of their products."

Women have taken an especially avid interest in flag football this year. Anzivino said the response from women wanting to play was so enthusiastic that campus recreation added an additional division, bringing the total number of women's flag football divisions to four.

Robertson said that the main thing to remember about intramural and club sports is that although the competition can be fierce, it's all for good fun.

Anyone interested in participating -- or who has a team to enter in an intramural league -- should call (713) 743-9500 for more information or visit Room 102, Garrison Gym, to sign up.
 

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