By Samantha Nagy
Fall is finally here, which means goodbye to stifling heat and physical exhaustion, and hello to cooler weather and crunchy leaves. With this delightful season back in full force, I can’t think of a better way to take advantage of it than by joining one of UGA’s diverse sports teams.
UGA has more sports than you can count on both hands, so sure enough there is something for everyone. Even if you’re not qualified to play on the varsity level, club sports and intramural sports can still feed your athletic appetite, as they offer a wide range of outdoor activities.
Spikeball, an ever increasing popular sport at the national level, is a fairly new addition to campus. The game is more or less a mixture of volleyball and foursquare, according to the official spikeball website.
UGA Spikeball Club creator, sophomore Connor Gibbs, says spikeball has not only become a competitive athletic match, but also a great way to bring students together. “My roommate and I got close from playing spikeball,” Gibbs says. “We got other people to play who had never played before and since then, we’ve always had a good time.” The spikeball club meets for matches every Sunday at 4 p.m. on Myers Quad. All students are welcome to join.
Rowing is another crowd-drawing sport on campus that students may not find everywhere. Rowing will most likely spark an interest to any of those who love the water, even if no prior experience is applicable.
Julie Johns, a junior cognitive science major from Leesburg, says her favorite part of rowing is spending time with her teammates. “My favorite part about the rowing team is its sense of camaraderie and how everyone just clicks,” Johns says. “The reward of a physical workout isn’t too bad either.”
The rowing team has four exciting events this fall, as its members have been traveling between Augusta and Chattanooga, and most recently, all the way up north to Boston, Massachusetts. Those interested in joining rowing need to come prepared with strength and determination. Tryouts take place during fall semester each year.
One of the most exclusive sports on campus is delegated to UGA’s Army ROTC members. Known as the Ranger Challenge team, this sport allows cadets to grow mentally and physically in extreme situations, such as grenade assault and creating a one-rope bridge, according to their official website, armyrotc.uga.edu.
Steven Holden, a junior engineering major from Leesburg, is an Army Ranger Challenger team member. He says nothing about the Ranger Challenge team is easy, but it is more than worth it. “I love everyone’s dedication and additional training,” Holden says. “It’s very difficult to get 20 guys up at five in the morning, so seeing that makes the team worth it.”
The Ranger Challenge team is the varsity sport of Army ROTC and acquires cadets who are capable of accepting intense challenges.
So while the weather is cool and people’s spirits are lifted, go out and join some kind of outdoor activity. You’ll meet new people, develop new skills, and most importantly, get involved.