Besides involving themselves in other club and intramural sports, students have spent the last few weeks competing in flag football. Flag football has given students the opportunity to stay connected in the midst of social distancing toward the end of the semester. However, the close of the semester also brings the end of the flag football season on campus.
Since there have not been many events happening directly on campus this year — and many events have gone virtual — intramural sports has been one of the few events where students can interact. Students — like senior Billy Evans, a member of men’s social club Gamma Sigma Phi — said they have enjoyed the opportunity to get to see their fellow club members and bond over flag football.
“With [the coronavirus], we haven’t been able to have our meetings in person, so club sports have been one of the only chances to hang around the entire club,” Evans said. “It’s fun getting to meet some of the potential new members when they come to the games [at] one of the only places to see everyone who’s in your club.”
Due to the new rules and safety regulations, this semester has looked different for students on and off campus. Flag football has given students an opportunity to experience a sense of normalcy during this semester. Senior Trey Thomas, member of men’s social club Sub T-16, shared his excitement that flag football was able to happen this semester.
“It has been nice because flag football has been pretty normal with Covid,” Thomas said. “And having to switch a lot of stuff up, [the fact] that flag football is still able to remain the same and we’re able to play … it’s good to have a break.”
Some students were a part of flag football leagues in high school. Sophomore athletic director for women’s social club Ko Jo Kai Jordan Huffman played flag football in high school and has continued to play in college. Huffman said she was excited to get the opportunity to play this year since she was not a part of a club last year.
“I think flag football, along with the rest of the sports we offer, gives the clubs a chance to come together and bond on another level,” Huffman said. “Club sports bring together people that may not [have] necessarily made strong relationships with each other yet and allow that to happen.”