By Oscar Perez
Intramural sports has made an impact in the community while being available in El Paso Community College to students and non-students since the college was founded back in 1972.
The program itself offers the community a great opportunity to stay active, be healthy and to live a different lifestyle.
“Activities for the students is what helps them relieve the stress they have,” Intramural Sports Manager Louis Hernandez said. “It gives them [students] a chance to get out of the academic world and step into the fun world while getting into shape and doing things you like to do, it could be basketball, weight lifting or other sports.”
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Tony Martinez (bottom) benches while Miguel Villado spots him. Weight room equipment is open for all students, staff and public to use.
The program offers an indoor soccer league for teams all around the city and free equipment for people to come and use to workout.
According to Hernandez, there is only one qualification people need to be in the intramural sports program.
“The only qualification that you need is to have heart,” he said. “You have to have heart in order for you to come here and have fun because that is what it is. We try to encourage everybody to come in and to workout and to reach their type of level and overall to have fun.”
Intramural Sports has been around for the public and it hopes to impact the life of more people in the future.
“The program will grow more than it has grown to this day and we hope to attract more people in order to keep people involved in what the program offers,” Hernandez said.
Intramural Sports take place in the EPCC Valle Verde campus gym and is free for the public to use.
The hours for the weight room are as follows: Monday and Wednesday from noon to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from noon to 3:45 p.m.
Intramural Sports Indoor Soccer tournament will begin April 28 and is still open for teams to sign up.
Starting May 8 at 11 a.m., a student vs faculty softball game will take place at the EPCC Tejanas softball field.
The Intramural Sports program will continue bringing activities for the public throughout the year.
For more information concerning team registration for the upcoming events, contact Louis Hernandez at email@example.com.