We’ve all been told over and over again that we need to get exercise and stay fit, but oftentimes leading a college lifestyle isn’t exactly conducive to a rigorous workout program. Between classes and extracurricular activities, college kids often don’t have, or don’t make, the time to look after their physical well-being.
One of the many ways in which colleges try to ameliorate this problem is through intramural sports. Over two million students participate in intramurals annually, with sports ranging from basketball to hockey to swimming to kickball. Most intramural leagues are casual affairs, with large teams and a laid-back atmosphere.
Of course, for those who choose to take the competition a little bit more serious, Philadelphia has your solution. The Philadelphia City 6 Extramural Classic, which takes place every year between Drexel, La Salle, UPenn, Temple, St. Joe’s and Villanova, is the only competition in the country that crowns a city-wide intramural champion. Each year, the best teams from each campus in flag football, softball, basketball and volleyball move beyond local competition and challenge each other for school pride and city-wide supremacy.
Intramurals, especially on the competitive level of the Extramural Classic, may seem like a phenomenon that ends as soon as you graduate from college, but the Philly Sports Network, which just recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, is working hard to bring the feeling of intramural sports into the rest of the world. After all, the graduated need exercise too, and outside of a college environment, where it can be more difficult to get to know people, the social benefits might be even greater. PSN offers the classics, like kickball, soccer, and softball, while also branching out with such exotic choices as monster ball, recess and inner tube water polo.
So, if you’re dismayed by the way in which exercise has fallen through the cracks of your college life, hit up the Campus Activities page on your college’s website and see what intramural sport catches your fancy. And if you’re a senior who’s worried that once you leave the college bubble you’ll lose the camaraderie, competition and fitness benefits of your unbeatable intramural dodgeball team, never fear. There’s a rec league calling your name, just waiting for you to don that headband and those goofy shorts and kick some butt.
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