Posted September 23, 2015 by Cooper Point Journal in Community

Getting Involved in Sports

By Jackie Buckman

As a new student here at Evergreen I knew that getting involved with different activities would make the transition easier. What I have learned from my past is that being a part of a team is a great way to meet new people and make friends.

Evergreen is definitely a different college than the rest, and that’s what makes it unique. People talk about the special atmosphere that Evergreen offers and how the learning environment is different, but every college has activities for students to do. The first thing I did to learn more information was look at the website. Come to find out that that there is an athletic department and a recreational center that offers many different things to do.

To be honest I was surprised that there were so many sports offered. Basketball, Track and Field and Soccer for both Men and Women, as well as Women’s Volleyball. The recreational center offers more things to do such as swimming, kickball, rock climbing, and dodgeball. I love sports, doesn’t matter if I’m playing or just watching a game, and I know I can’t be the only new greener who does.

To join the main sports of Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball or Soccer, all a student has to do is go to the evergreen website and click on the athletic department under campus life.There they will find recruits, click on prospective athletes, and fill out the paperwork that is listed. To learn if you are eligible to join there is also information listing what you need to qualify, such as how many credits you are taking or what your attendance looks like.

With Fall quarter about to start Volleyball and Soccer have already began. The next home Volleyball game is on Sept. 25 starting at 7 p.m. against Corban University. The record for the volleyball team so far is 2-9. The next game for Men’s Soccer is Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. versus Northwest University, their current record is 4-0. Women’s Soccer also has a game coming up on Sept. 26 at noon against Northwest University, their record is 0-4.

The Costantino Recreation Center (CRC) has so much for students to do. There is the gymnasium which holds three full size basketball courts and four full size volleyball courts. The CRC also has machine and free weight rooms, a 11 lane pool, multi-purpose room for dance classes, and the list could go on. It is free to use as long as a student has their identification card that is valid for the current quarter.

I understand that becoming a part of an activity and meeting new people can be scary sometimes, but when I look back at all the times I took the leap and joined something I knew I would enjoy, I’m very happy that I did it.