Georgia College’s intramural and club sports have taken the first splash, puck and spike in their new home, the university’s Wellness and Recreation Center.
Twelve active club sports and approximately 18 intramural sports now have their own space to practice and host.
Swim Cats share space with the water volleyball teams in the Olympic–size pool. The hockey teams skate across the freshly polished court alongside the two basketball courts.
“Our new center opens opportunities to accommodate students of various sports in a central location that’s indoors and just a block away from our softball and soccer fields,” said Bert Rosenberger, director of recreational sports.
Previously the swim, hockey and basketball teams practiced at area sites including Central State Hospital, Rocket Roller Rink and Centennial Center.
About half of Georgia College’s undergraduate students participate in intramural or club sports.
“Nationally, intramural and club sports have a 15 percent participation rate,” Rosenberger said. “With a 40 to 50 percent participation rate, Georgia College is one of the top schools that engages in intramural and club sports. This fall we set a university record for the most teams participating at one time — 152.”
The center opened new recreational opportunities with inner tube water polo, volleyball and indoor soccer. The center also provides more court space for existing sports like kickball, dodgeball and basketball.
“Because of the additional space, the center allows easier scheduling and flexible game times for students, faculty and staff,” said Rosenberger.
Club sports will reap benefits by hosting statewide competitions rather than traveling to competitors’ campuses.
“Job opportunities also are available for students,” Rosenberger said. “Recreational sports increased its student staff by 20 percent, including more referees and scorekeepers. Students can work their way to other leadership positions at the center as well.”
Students can join a club sport or start club sports at any time.
“The possibilities for our diehard student-athletes are unlimited with the center,” said Rosenberger. “We have seen a recent interest in a roller derby club, so we’re excited about continued growth with a great student body that loves sports.”
For more information visit imleagues.com/gcsu or call (478) 445-0664.