Colleges always stress to students the importance of getting involved on campus. With more than 120 clubs and activities, Wittenberg offers a range of options, and students are taking advantage of them all, including participating in the 19 different club sports and recreational activities available.
From competitive club teams such as rugby, volleyball and basketball, to recreational clubs such as bowling, caving, swing dance and fishing, all the options are the direct result of student interest and typically involve competing against other club teams from different universities. They also often have regular practice times (usually twice a week) and longer seasons than intramural sports.
"Club sports and recreation organizations offer students an opportunity to learn and practice new skills, compete with other colleges and universities in non-varsity play, and take part in a variety of recreational experiences," says Carol Nickoson, director of student involvement at Wittenberg. "Students can join at any time, though some club sports and recreation organizations are not active at all times of the academic year. Students can directly contact the group's leadership to get involved or contact my office, and we will help connect them to the group."
Another great way to learn about different clubs, and maybe even sign up for one, is to attend the Student Involvement Fair, which is held at the beginning of both fall and spring semesters. At the event, students have the chance to meet members of the various organizations and learn more about what they do. If students are unable to make it to the involvement fair, they can fill out a club sport interest form located on the Wittenberg website.
As for cost, Nickoson adds that "many club sport and recreation organizations participate in the annual allocation process to receive student activity fee funding. Some club sport and recreation groups have a small fee that members pay to participate; these fees supplement costs that are not covered by allocations."
For a less competitive experience, students can participate in intramural sports. Intramural leagues, formed from the Wittenberg community, are seen as more recreational and casual than club sports. Students can create teams with whomever they want. Teams range from 7-10 students (depending on the sport), with one designated team captain who is in charge of scheduling games with other teams on Wittenberg's campus. Some sports offered include basketball, soccer and even dodgeball. For more information on intramural sports or to register a team, contact Megan Mummey at email@example.com.
Joining a club sport or intramural team also gives students the chance to make new friends, build confidence, stay fit and feel right at home at Wittenberg.
To view all the clubs offered, check out the student organization and club directory webpage under Student Involvement.
Questions? Contact Carol Nickoson, director of student involvement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-By Mallory Moss ’20, Office of University Communications