Dodge ball and volleyball kicks off first intramural season

By Laura Sweeney

Have you ever wanted to unwind after a long day of classes, homework, and the daily stress that accompanies college?

Now with Madonna’s new intramural sports program, students have an opportunity to make new friends and relax by playing dodge ball or volleyball.

Admissions officer, and recent graduate of Madonna, Isaac St. John has taken his new role at the university as an opportunity to follow through with plans for an intramural program, which fell through in prior years.

“Madonna has wanted an intramural program for a really long time,” said St. John. “There’s a lot of need for intramural sports and we want to see a more vibrant student life.”

St. John played on Madonna’s soccer team for the four years he attended the university and had that community to meet new people and make friends.

“Other students don’t have such a cut-and-dry opportunity. With intramural sports, students can be put on a team with people they have never met before and build an awesome network and make friends,” he added.

Last year, St. John and others took part in a “pre-trial” dodge ball tournament.  All kinds of students came with teams, including nursing majors and students who lived in the residence hall.

St. John believes that dodge ball allows everyone and anyone to take part in this program.  He describes it as a more relaxed sport and a “just for fun thing.”

Freshman and pre-nursing student, Paula Redwine, signed up for dodge ball for that reason – to have fun. 

“I think it's a great way to meet people and play sports non-competitively. Personally, I am not athletic, but love to participate in sports. This is perfect for me,” said Redwine.

Living in the residence hall, more activities on campus help the transition from high school to college a little easier for Redwine.

“It is easier [to have a program] when people live on or within 15 minutes of campus to come and play. But when people live a half hour away they are less likely to make the drive,” said Melissa Lukosavich, Madonna senior and nursing major, when she heard of the new program.

However, she added that she enjoyed taking part in intramural when she attended Grand Valley and thought it was a great way to meet new people.

The deadline for signing up for the dodge ball and volleyball leagues was at the end of September. Both leagues have approximately 50 students signed up, a great turn out according to St. John.

St. John encourages more students to contact him and let him know of their interest.  If members of a team drop out for any reason, additional students may be needed to fill in those spots.  And if no more spots remain, being aware of an increased in interest will help him organize the intramural teams for the winter semester.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said St. John. “If you missed the bandwagon this time, join next semester.”

Brainstorming for future semesters have already begun; some of the ideas are to have kickball and basketball leagues in the winter and perhaps softball next fall. 

“Eventually, we would like to have eight sports going at once, but we have to walk before we run,” said St. John.

Madonna’s first intramural sports program officially started October 3. In order to accommodate all students’ schools schedules, all games will take place at 10 p.m. in the university’s gym.

Isaac St. John can be reached at the Admissions Office, or e-mail him at istjohn@madonna.edu.