Intramurals give all students chance to play
It was a cold, mostly deserted night on campus Oct. 24.
But in the former soccer field behind Elsey Hall, an intramural football game was heating up.
Down to the final minute on the clock, the Mean Machine team was trying to score. A score would have sealed the game for them. But the Tau Kappa Epsilon players were having none of it.
As the final seconds ticked away, the Mean Machine tried a last second Hail Mary, but the defense was too strong and the team from TKE nabbed a victory.
To students walking by, it may have looked like a bunch of guys having some fun.
But to those players, the game was another step toward their Super Bowl.
There are many different sports offered at the college—19 between men and women. But Franklin also has a very competitive intramural sports program.
Craig Yeast, offensive coordinator for the football team, has been the main coordinator of the program for two years.
He said intramurals are a very popular part of college life besides collegiate sports.
“I think for the most part it is pretty popular,” Yeast said. “I think the most popular time for intramurals is during basketball. Everybody plays basketball, of course we are in the Hoosier State, and basketball is big.”
Yeast said most people might think intramural sports have a very laid-back environment, but most of the sports are fairly competitive.
“They are serious,” Yeast said. “They are out there to have fun, but they’re also out there to win. So they go out there and get after it, and it is pretty serious.”
Yeast said there are as many great moments in intramural sports as there are in collegiate sports.
“Obviously, there is not any tackling, but just the other day, we had an epic finish to one of the games where a young man caught a pass, made someone miss and dove to touch the line to score the game winning touchdown,” he said.
RJ Turner, a freshman and member of the Mean Machine football team, joined intramural sports to hang out with friends and do something outside of school work.
The intramural program offers seven-on-seven flag football and co-ed volleyball during the fall, and basketball, co-ed bowling and Grizzly Airball during the winter.
Yeast is hoping to add ultimate frisbee and softball during the spring.
Anyone interested in joining an intramural sport can find information on team registration on the Franklin College Athletics website franklingrizzlies.com.