A few years ago Plato noted, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” More recently Brian Sutton Smith, America’s premier “play” scholar”, observed that play is not just joyful and energizing — it's deeply involved with human development and intelligence.
… and we all know what happens when there is all work and no play! One of the Academy’s larger efforts to inject fun into it’s curriculum is intramurals - recreational sports organized “within the walls” of an institution. This program’s ultimate goal is to support the recreational and fitness needs of Academy students by providing a positive environment that fosters teamwork, health and competition among cadets. Intramurals not only enhances a cadet’s daily life, it supports learning and teamwork in the real world of work.
The 2013-14 Academic Year Intramural Program was as competitive and exciting as it’s ever been in the history of the Academy. The 1st ever Commandant’s Cup was awarded to the Company who earned the most points and the Intramural Champion title. The winner of the Cup for the 2013-14 Academic Year was 4th Company who led in overall points (31) followed by 5th Company with 24. This year, the 7 companies competed in basketball, dodge ball, water polo, indoor and outdoor soccer. Competitions were at their best with no team wanting to give up a loss. Every cadet played with a “W” in mind. The teamwork and determination displayed by all cadets and companies was nothing less than spectacular. 3/C Wylie Kolb, one of the 3 Work/Study employees for the Intramural Program, said, “I haven’t seen this high level of intensity and Espirit de Corp among companies in the 2 years I’ve been working here”. 1/C Sam Osgood is one of the Work/Study employees who officiates all the events. Whether wearing a black and white striped referee shirt during basketball, or being pool side officiating a water polo match, he’s been instrumental in raising the bar” and bringing the program to the next level.
MMA is NOT all marching and math. Fun is everywhere. You just have to look for it!