Program Spotlight: Intramural and Club Sports Programs With an optimistic attitude, W&L’s Intramurals have faced the challenges of the pandemic with ingenuity and persistence.
Washington and Lee University intramurals (IM) and club sports provide students, faculty and staff opportunities to compete and play together. As in every other facet of life, the 2020-2021 school year has required the program to get creative in how students recreate safely. With an optimistic attitude, W&L’s Intramurals have faced the challenges of the pandemic with ingenuity and persistence.
This year’s IM leagues have included tennis and pickleball, with soccer on deck for spring. Single-day activities range widely, but a few highlights include tournaments for ping pong, crossnet, 3v3 soccer, dodgeball and spikeball. Additional in-person activities this academic year have included GroupEx classes. Sessions are provided free of charge to the W&L community and include yoga, spin, cardio circuits and TRX, to name a few.
The university’s club sports have also tackled the pandemic’s unique challenges head on. Club sports currently practicing include badminton, women’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, running, ski/snowboard, men’s soccer, squash and ultimate frisbee.
Margaret McClintock ’15, associate director of Intermural and Adventure Programs, returned to Lexington in 2019 to rebuild the Intramural and Club Sports programs and assist with recreation and outdoor education efforts alongside James Dick, director of Outdoor Education and Recreation.
“I love empowering students to make time for the many forms of play available both on campus and in the surrounding community,” McClintock said.
When not working with students, she enjoys “any opportunity to get outside in Rockbridge County.” She can also be seen around Lime Kiln Theater, where she is a frequent volunteer and board member.
Interested students in any IM activity are encouraged to connect with the Intramurals Commissioners, student leaders who facilitate intramural programs of all types monthly. The university’s IM Calendar provides students a schedule of upcoming competitive activities on campus.