For those students who love athletic competition but aren’t quite good enough to make any of the official EPCC sports teams, all is not lost.
The EPCC intramural sports season gets under way this week with a number of sports events and activities the average student can engage in.
Some of these sports include 3-on-3 soccer, football and basketball.
“To join all you have to do is come down to the gym and fill out a team roster.
Once we have enough teams we will start the leagues and everything we do is absolutely free to every EPCC student at any campus,” said Louie Hernandez, Intramural Sports manager.
Students involved in intermuals have the opportunity to engage in various sports and activities such as football, as well as having access to a weight room.
The installation of a new Valle Verde gym floor has started, “As you can see, our gym’s floor is being remodeled so we will be expecting to have the 3-on-3 basketball games outdoors until then,” Hernandez said.
“The gym is expected to open back up on Nov. 10,” Gym Manager, Claudia Del Hierro said. “The current gym floor is old and outdated and it’s time to upgrade our facilities.
“This will be a top-of-the-line multi-purpose floor that will retain its beauty far longer than our current floor does,” Del Hierro added.
Hierro went on to further dicuss the importance of having good facilities not only for EPCC students, but for the community as well.
“A lot of high schoolers use our gym. They have very good facilities at the high school level and we certainly don’t want them coming here and using inferior facilities.”
Some other intramural activities include an open weight room and cardio machines.
The Valle Verde weight room is open on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., and on Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Another activity, which is coming up on Sept. 29, is a fitness demonstration at the Valle Verde cafeteria annex,” said Hernandez.
“A power sled, medicine ball, power ropes and a stability test will be available to students who wish to complete these different courses.”
“Our staff is going to try to put the students up for a one-minute limit per course. It won’t be a rigorous course so don’t be scared to give it a try.”
For those who like the great outdoors, not all intramural activates are confined to the gym.
“In October we will hold hiking trips at two different trails in the Guadalupe Pass,” explained Hernandez.
“One is a ‘beginners’ 1-mile trail and the other is a more difficult 4-mile trail.”
Another upcoming event is the faculty and staff softball game in December at the Tejano softball field.
For more information on intramural sports call 831-2567.