By: Kyle Isaacs
The fall sports season is upon us, but the varsity sports are not the only athletic events on campus. The Club Sports Council offers multiple opportunities for students to stay involved in sports that do not require as much of a time commitment as the varsity sports do. The Xavier Newswire caught up with the group’s president, junior Emily Spring, to learn more about the organization and how students can get involved.
Xavier Newswire: What are the sports that Club Sports offers at Xavier?
Emily Spring: This year, we are offering 25 different sports in coed, women’s and men’s divisions. Our sports range from soccer, volleyball and baseball to bass fishing, Ultimate Frisbee and fencing. A full list of the sports can be found at http://www.xavier.edu/clubsports.
XN: Any big plans for the upcoming semester?
ES : We just had a hugely successful Club Day, where some teams reported having as many as 100 prospective athletes. We also have big plans for service, including our Annual Club Sports clothing drive, which offers service opportunities for all Club Sport athletes. We have big goals set for fundraising and marketing, and we’re eager to get the ball rolling on these projects.
XN: How can people get involved with Club Sports?
ES : The best way to gain information is through the website, now that Club Day has officially come and gone. Another way to gain info is to visit the Assistant Director for Recreational Sports, James Alexander, in his office in O’Conner Sports Center (OSC). He has all contacts that a prospective student could possibly need, and then some.
XN: Any annual events we should be on the lookout for?
ES : The Club Sports Clothing drive will be in full swing starting in December so look for those big trash bins to donate. We are also remodeling the Club Sports’ Bulletin board in OSC to include all team schedules, so check that out to find home games and competitions this fall semester.
XN: Is there anything new with Club Sports for the 2013-2014 school year?
ES : We have a new grad assistant to help James and the executive board with our work. We are also taking actions to get some of the beginning-of-the-year paperwork online. If you are a club sport athlete, you understand how exciting this is. Individual clubs will be promoting fundraisers and service events throughout the year as well.
XN: What is your next event?
ES : Club Sports’ physical night is starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 where all club sport athletes can get their physical done for $25. This night is always a huge hit. We also have our first meeting this Wednesday, and the athletes are sure to have a ball.