After nine strong years under the leadership of Gary McIntosh, Rec Sports will be undergoing a transition by moving to NUSG – a new direction that will appeal to many students.
McIntosh, after looking at his greatest achievements while running the Rec Sports program said, “Each year, we have less injuries.”
He also brought in stability within the program that will be missed but stated that the future is looking great with potential to be even greater as it transitions over to NUSG.
“I have overseen Intramurals/Rec Sports since 2003. It has been a pleasure to serve with the different student coordinators over the years,” said McIntosh. “I’m really excited that we are moving Rec Sports to NUSG. I believe that this will give the coordinator more support and a better line of communication with the students.”
McIntosh is handing off the position to Director of Student Life, Andy Hall, who oversees NUSG, and retaining Scott Lane as the Rec Sports Coordinator.
Lane, who has been in this position for the last three semesters, is in charge of all sports under Intramurals, which have included football in the fall and basketball in the spring.
When asked if he wanted to change anything about Rec Sports, Lane said he wants to involve more people in sports.
“The more sports, we have the more work it takes, but also the greater amount of students can be involved – from competitive varsity level sports to playing a sport for their first time,” he said.
In the past few years, some students were frustrated with the amount of sports offered. Andrew Bonesteel, a junior Psychology major, shared his take with the sports currently offered: “There are more interests than just basketball and football. We can definitely do more in Rec Sports.”
There is a plan to expand the current model of the Rec Sports program as it stands right now. Scott Lane explained: “We want to take advantage of what we have around us and not just what we can get on campus.”
There have been talks about using the Rec Sports budget for events outside of Northwest University. Some examples include going to the mountains for snowboarding and ski trips, as well as organized hikes on the beautiful trails located in the Greater Seattle Area.
This plan for expansion could happen as early as this semester. There have also been talks about having a dodgeball and a futsal league. Futsal is essentially indoor soccer. A possibility would be for students to use the pavilion as a field after basketball season ends.
Another expansion that NUSG is looking at is more involvement of female students.
“We want more inclusion for females in the program. There is intention for females in Recreation Sports,” said Hall.
More involvement could help expand the program.
“NUSG and Rec Sports are all student-led. I oversee everything, but all of the ideas come from students,” said Hall. “If you want to see something happen, tell NUSG or Rec Sports.”
by Brandon Hollis