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Intramural Sports Bring Out Student Diversity

The winners of the 2016 Intramural kickball tournament display their pride.

Photo credit: IPFW Intramural Sports Program

The winners of the 2016 Intramural kickball tournament display their pride.
Written by: Communicator StaffFebruary 28, 2017

You don’t have to be an all-star athlete to participate in IPFW’s intramural sports.

“Most students participate in intramural sports because it’s a great opportunity to meet new people, and (they) get to participate in fun activities with their friends,” said Alex Harvey, the graduate assistant of IPFW’s Intramural Sports Program.

The program has drawn a diverse group of participants in its recent tournaments.

To kick off homecoming week, Intramural Sports hosted a dodgeball tournament Feb. 6.

Six teams participated in the tournaments, and even the women’s soccer teamed pitched in by tracking down loose balls.

The winning team of the dodgeball tournament was Staff Infections, consisting of staff members from various offices around campus.

Eight students with varying levels of experience participated in the Intramural Sports’ ping-pong tournament Feb. 16.

One of those players, Bosco Lo, is a senior international student majoring in business financial management.

Bosco came to the United States from his home in Singapore in the fall of 2004.

In Singapore, Lo played some sports in school, such as spoon-and-egg relays, soccer and varsity table tennis, he said.

“This year, I recently got back into table tennis,” Lo said. “Through official group meetings, I made new friends who were also fond of table tennis, and they would find time to play several games with me.”

Lo said it was one of those friends who informed him about the tournament and encouraged him to sign up.

While Lo did not win the tournament, he has already registered for the upcoming badminton tournament April 13.

“I thought the intramural event was quite enjoyable,” Lo said. “I got to meet new people, and I even made a friend or two.”

One of those friends was the winner of the ping-pong tournament, Clay Corsbie.

Corsbie is a senior majoring in civil engineering and has been involved with intramural sports at IPFW in the past.

He has won a few tournaments in ping-pong, volleyball and dodgeball. Corsbie said he likes to stay competitive.

From this tournament, Corsbie won a pack of three-star Chinese ping-pong balls and an IPFW intramural champ shirt.

“I enjoy playing ping-pong and other intramurals a lot,” Corsbie said. “It’s nice to take a break from school and relax and do something else.”

Corsbie also said he will be playing in more tournaments in the future, one being the upcoming spikeball tournament March 1.

The spikeball tournament will begin at 6 p.m. in the Gates Center Fieldhouse.

The slow-pitch softball tournament will also be held in the spring and will be held off campus with more details to follow.

The largest tournament this school year was the 3 on 3 basketball tournament in December.  There were a total of 11 teams and 33 players in the two-day tournament, said Harvey.

Last school year the program had 989 total participants in sports, not including those from runs and game nights.

Harvey said IPFW’s Intramural Sports has a consistent number of participants each year, and the program is always looking for new ideas.