Attending college is not all work and no play. At Phillips Community College many students find time to work in some intramural sports on the side to temporarily get their minds off their studies and work themselves into good, sound physical condition while experiencing the excitement of competition.
While the college has not fielded any inter collegiate sports for quite some time, PCCUA's intramural sports program has been quite successful over the years.
“We won the Arkansas Delta Intramural League flag football title last fall,” commented Carolyn Willingham, the college's intramural director. “We had more guys out for the sport last fall and were able to scrimmage with a complete team on both sides of the ball. We had a real good group of guys.”
According to Willingham, intramural activities are open to all students, faculty and staff at PCCUA. In order to participate, students must present a current PCCUA student ID and sign a liability waiver.
On-campus intramural activities, said Willingham, include archery, badminton, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, Frisbee golf, pickleball, softball, volleyball, table tennis and ultimate Frisbee. Winners of each activity receive T-shirts, medals, or trophies.
Willingham reported that about 200 students participate in PCCUA's intramural program.
Four area community colleges participate in the ADIL – Arkansas Northeast College, East Arkansas Community College, Mid-South Community College and PCCUA. These schools, said Willingham, compete against each other in jamborees and tournaments in flag football and volleyball during the fall semester and basketball, Frisbee Golf and golf during the spring semester.
To be eligible to compete on an ADIL team, a student must be enrolled in at least three credit hours and maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the most recent semester. Students interested in playing on the flag football, volleyball and basketball teams should enroll in those classes for credit or audit.
The first ADIL flag football (7 –on-7) tournament is scheduled for Sept. 12 on the MSCC campus. The Regional tournament will be held in Fayetteville October 25-27.
Arkansas State University hosts intramural tournaments for flag football, volleyball and basketball.
The first volleyball jamboree is tentatively slated for November 6 at MSCC. Additional schedules of events will be published in future editions of The Helena World.