Hello spring

Sarah
Other than football, spring is my favorite season at TU. Here’s a quick update on some of the fun I’ve been having this semester with my friends!

Woodward ParkFrozen yogurt from Yolotti is always a good idea. Peanut butter yogurt with cocoa pebbles comes highly recommended from…well, me. After treating ourselves to dessert, my friends and I headed to Woodward Park, one of Tulsa’s most popular outdoor hang-outs. We even saw a group of dolled up high schoolers posing for Prom pictures. Pretty fun!

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 Now I’m not sure why the Weinermobile was on campus this week, but clearly it was. Between classes we stopped for a quick photo-opp.

Sara H 3This photo was taken after a big intramural basketball win this semester! Good news, folks. The season isn’t over quite yet. My team plays in the championship game tonight! I’m hoping we win big tonight so I can sport my Tulsa Intramural Champion shirt to class tomorrow.

Racquet Ball at TU

At TU there is no shortage of fun athletic events to partake in. Racquet ball is one such sport that I’ve been playing recently and I’ve been having a blast. For those of you who don’t know, racquet ball is a game where you and your opponent take turns using a racquet to hit the ball against a wall. I say “a” wall because you can hit ball against any surface of the court including the ceiling as long as the ball manages to hit the front wall before it bounces. It sounds easy but as you can see in the video below, it can get pretty hectic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnyXQdNsJF0

As I’m sure you can tell, it takes a lot of practice and some quick reflexes to play as well as these guys do. More than likely you’ll end up hitting yourself with the ball on your first time. Stick with it though and I can assure you, racquet ball is a fun and rewarding game. It’s also a great way to get in shape! You’d be surprised how hot it gets in that box.

My roommate’s graceful movements on the court

While I may never attain the level of skill displayed in the video above I will continue to practice at TU’s racquet ball facilities in Mabee Gym. Wish me luck!

Spotlight: Intramurals

We are always telling prospective students about intramurals on campus. But what the heck is an intramural? We asked a current TU student to explain…

Hello, sports fans! My name is Sarah, and I am a sophomore Deaf Education major and Early Childhood Intervention minor from Arlington, Texas. And lucky for you, I’m your expert on TU intramurals (even though I’m still waiting to get Intramural Champion sweatshirt for myself…more on that later.)

But to be honest, I hadn’t heard the word “intramural” until my senior year of high school. So if you’re anything like I was, I’ll fill you in, newbie. Intramurals are sports you can play even when you are not on the collegiate team. They allow you to continue being the athlete you were all in high school by showing off your skills to your new college friends or let you learn and experience a sport for the first time in a fun environment.

We have all the classic sports—volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, tennis, and flag football—but you also have the choice of golf, badminton, ultimate Frisbee, 8 ball pool, table tennis, dodgeball, bowling, and even putt putt! And for each sport, there are A, B, and C league for athletes of different skill levels: A for the near-collegiate player, down to C, perfect for the newbies or people who just want to have fun. Most sports have same-sex leagues, but co-ed teams are also available in many as well.

As for me, I grew up playing sports, and in my two years here at TU, I’ve tried to be on as many intramural teams as possible!! I’ve played flag football for the past two falls on my sorority team. In the past, our team wasn’t quite up to par, but this year, we asked a couple guys on the football team to be our coaches!! Not only did we go further than we ever had (the quarterfinals, whoo!), but I also made two athlete friends (just another perk of a small school, by the way)! This fall semester, I also played soccer with my sorority. Both these fall sports are super fun, and even though we were in the C league, it was still competitive!

I’ve also been on co-ed teams, which are just as fun, if not more! Last year, I joined a softball team with a group of my friends from my residence hall, Fisher South. I knew about half the players on the team, but by the end of it, I was friends with everyone! I played catcher most games because one thing I can do is catch pop flies! Hitting, on the other hand, is not my forte, but let’s not talk about that. We did pretty well, but I believe we lost pretty early in the playoffs. All I remember is having a blast! Here’s a picture of our team, Pitch Please.

This spring, I was asked to be on a 5 on 5 basketball team with a few of my girl friends and with some guy acquaintances. I’m not the best basketball player, but all my teammates are very encouraging. Now those guy acquaintances are my friends! We’re in the playoffs, and our last game is on Thursday! Here is my to-be championship team!!

I really want to win this time because when you win, you get an exclusive Intramural Champ sweatshirt! This year, they say, “If you’re not first, you’re last.” I can’t wait to get mine!! Wish me luck!