The importance of intramural sports

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Patrick Malone
Contributing Writer

The intramural basketball season is approaching its zenith, with the regular season finished and the post-season underway.  A variety of intramural sports are offered each semester. This semester basketball, soccer and volleyball are the most popular three. On the other hand, intramural sports tend to consume a lot of time.  Are they really worth it?

Definitely.

Intramural sports may take time, but it is time well-spent.  Intramural sports are a great way to de-stress, have fun and build camaraderie.

Sophomore Jonah Selner, a proud member of the intramural basketball team “Manchesthair United” (yes, pun intended), says, “My favorite aspect is the team camaraderie.”  Intramural sports also allow us to use our leisure time – a fundamental aspect of our society – in a meaningful way, whether as a spectator or a player.
In the stands, a sense of unity is built between like-minded fans, just as friendships are strengthened on the court.

“Our team has had a great showing of fans, and they are greatly appreciated,” says Selner.  He adds that the intramural games “are fun for close friends to watch [and allow them] to cheer on their friends.”

The ancient Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus said over 2500 years ago that both bodily exercise and mental exercise are important.  The Roman poet Juvenal expresses the same idea as “mens sana in corpore sano,” i.e. “a sound mind in a sound body” (the sports brand “Asics” is an acronym for a slight modification of the above saying, which they change to “anima sana in copore sano”).  Both

Thales and Juvenal understood that, for a complete life, our physical as well as our mental dispositions must be flourishing.  To have one without the other leaves a void.

In order to incorporate physical well-being into your life in addition to academic well-being, try getting involved in the next intramural sport as well as supporting the rest of the basketball season. (By the way, Manchesthair United plays at 9:30 tonight.)  Selner, an avid Latin scholar as well as athlete, agrees with Thales and Juvenal that “a sound mind must be complemented by a sound body.”

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