Under the radar, but sports play a role on campus

WCC Sports

Washtenaw Community College student athletes for the Winter 2016 semester include, from left, bryce Moon (basketball), Veronica boissoneau (soccer), Laura Turnbull (dance team) and Jarret Clemons (volleyball). Photo by Lynn Monson

Sports could be the last thing that comes to mind when you think about all that a community college has to offer.

But for about 300 Washtenaw Community College students, the college’s program offers a variety of sports geared to almost everyone’s skill level.

“The more you can get students involved in something outside the classroom, the better the retention rate is because they feel like they’re a part of something special,” said WCC Sports Coordinator Matt Lucas.

With an emphasis on fun and fitness, the college offers a wide selection of club, intramural and drop-in sports, including ice hockey, volleyball, soccer, bowling, tennis, basketball, and kickball. In the spring, baseball, tennis, bowling, and softball are among the sports offered. Most of the facilities for these sports are located on campus with the exception of hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s volleyball.

Club sports typically require tryouts and are for students interested in competing against other college teams, including Henry Ford Community College, Muskegon Community College and Bowling Green State University, among others. Some travel is involved, as well as practice time, at the club level.

Intramural sports, on the other hand, are for students and employees who want to compete against their peers without a big time commitment, according to the WCC Sports website. Drop-in sports are the least competitive and serve as a way for students and employees to compete in a fun, casual environment.

Read the rest of my story in the January/February issue of On the Record here.

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