Club Sports: A Sport for Everyone
By UO Student Chelsea Fullmer
There’s no denying this: The University of Oregon is a sports school. From football to cross country to volleyball, the UO continues to extend its national brand recognition through winning, flashy programs. Students flock from across the nation to become a part of the Duck family and cheer on the various sports teams throughout the year.
In addition to NCAA sports, Club Sports at the UO are immensely popular, with roughly 45 different teams. Among the most popular are ice hockey, ultimate Frisbee, dance, rugby, and soccer.
With a team for everyone, students interested in getting involved at the UO, making friends, and playing a favorite or even new sport can find a niche within Club Sports. Some students are experienced players, while others are looking to try out something new and compete at a competitive collegiate level.
“Club Sports are student-run organizations. Being a member provides an opportunity for students to continue their athletic involvement while at the University, or get involved in a new sport. For club leaders, they have the opportunity to learn skills in personal and organizational leadership like goal-setting and fundraising,” said Club Sports Director Kristen Gleason.
And just as the NCAA sports are doing well for themselves, Club Sports are holding their own competitive edge and making appearances in tournaments and championship games.
Oregon’s ice hockey team had its best season in four years, winning the I-5 Cup against the University of Washington and making it to the final round of the Pac-8 playoffs. Although the team lost to the University of Utah in the championship game, they finished 22-9. Six Ducks were also selected to play for the Pac-8 All-Star team at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) All-Star Challenge in Philadelphia, April 5-7. The representative Ducks include Dan Effinger, Danny Cockriel, Connor McBride, Pat Thornton, Alex Sulitzer, and Dan Sulitzer.
The Ultimate Frisbee programs are looking to continue another strong season into the spring. The men’s ultimate team was No. 1 going into last year’s National tournament and lost in the semifinals while the women’s team lost in the championship game. Both teams are looking to return to National’s and uphold the Ultimate Frisbee trend in the Pacific Northwest.
The UO dance team is also very active on campus, performing at football, basketball, tennis, hockey and lacrosse games. They are also the only competitive collegiate dance team in Oregon and compete each year at the USA Nationals.
UO Swim Club is currently in full swing with many meets throughout spring at UCLA, Oregon City and Bend, working towards the Spring Nationals Meet in Indianapolis, Indiana beginning May 9th.
Golf, lacrosse, cycling, snowboarding, running, sailing, baseball, and crew all are busy as well throughout the spring with competitions, tournaments, games, and races.
Club Sports provides benefit beyond athletic accomplishment and involvement in every season.
“Club Sports provides an out-of-classroom experience where students can put what they are using in the classroom to use. We have members who are Journalism majors helping the program with marketing, and business majors helping club leaders with their budgets. Additionally, Oregon provides a wonderful setting for year-round club sports activities!” said Gleason.
To learn more, visit Club Sports.