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Club Sports teams reach new heights in 2013-14

Several Elon University programs traveled to national tournaments while also volunteering closer to campus with community agencies and other outreach initiatives.

Men's and Women's Ultimate teams at the collegiate national tournament in Ohio.

More than 1,000 Elon University students participated in Club Sports competition during the 2013-14 academic year with teams traveling as far as Florida and Arizona for national tournaments.

Four teams competed at the national level with several others earning spots in regional conference competitions.

Club Tennis competed in April at a national tournament in Surprise, Arizona, finishing play with a #50 national ranking. Men’s Rugby earned a trip in the fall to the National 7’s tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, and athletes concluded their season in Charleston, South Carolina.

Both Men’s and Women’s Ultimate teams received a bid to the nationals tournament in Westerville, Ohio, with Men’s Ultimate finishing in second place and Women’s Ultimate finishing in eleventh place. 

Club Tennis traveled to Arizona in April for its national tournament.

The 24 teams that take part in Club Sports through Campus Recreation practice across campus: South Campus, Francis Center, East Gym and Koury Athletic Center. Participants improve their health as they learn commitment, camaraderie and leadership.

New in 2013-14 was the Rivalry Series, which Club Baseball president Ben Koffel conceptualized. His team had not earned a win over rival East Carolina University in three years and Koffel said he believed that crowd support could help the team to victory. He also saw that other clubs needed a greater fan base at key contests throughout the season. 

The first Rivalry series game featured Club Baseball up against ECU and more 100 students showed up to help Elon gain a win over ECU. ECU’s coach emailed Campus Recreation the following week to praise Koffel and the climate created by the Rivalry game. 

Men's Rugby at a national tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Off the field, teams volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, CHAMPS Mentoring program and others. Teammates also could be seen at campus events such as Color Run, Turkey Trot and Elonthon. 

For more information on Club Sports at Elon University, visit the Campus Recreation web page.

Eric Townsend,
6/2/2014 11:35 AM