A Season For Everything

As the center snapped the ball and the quarterback took a knee, the referee blew the whistle and just like that the game was over. Georgia Southern defeated us 14 to 13, knocking us out of the state tournament. And it hurt. We should have won that game. We were up during the first three quarters. We made one mistake late in the fourth quarter that cost us the game.

An advocate for competition, I’ve played every intramural sport I could make time for during the past 3 and a half years. I was currently playing flag football with a group of girls I have played with since my freshman year of college, but our journey came to an end this weekend as we played in the Georgia Collegiate Flag Football Championships.

The GCFFC is a tournament that wascreated in 1983. Each college in the state of Georgia is allowed to send one team to represent their school. This year the tournament was held at the University of Georgia. Teams representing 29 different schools traveled to Athens to play in one of three divisions. The GCFFC offers a tournament for men, women and co-rec teams. Each team is guaranteed two games. Each school will first play teams in their pool and then the top two teams from every pool advance to the bracket. The tournament is a lot of fun and provides great competition for athletes who did not attend college to play football.

Last week, one of my teammates tweeted “My whole life this week revolves around flag football, and I’m totally okay with it. Enjoying every bit of my last intramural season.” It wasn’t until that moment that I realized what this weekend symbolized. This weekend was more than the state tournament; it was the end of a season.  A chapter of my life that I will never encounter again.

Intramurals have served as more than a source of competition during my college career. They have been an avenue to meet new people, an opportunity to learn a new sport, and a chance to continue playing basketball, the sport that stole my heart when I was six years old.  From intramurals, I have also developed a desire to explore the field of event management. I have worked alongside the intramural coordinator learning how tournaments work and what it takes to successfully execute and organize intramural leagues.

What started off as a random group of girls four years ago has now turned into much more. I have gained friendships with ten girls I will never forget, I explored sports I never thought I would play, and I have found a passion for a potential career. As I took off my jersey for the last time Saturday, I tried to be optimistic. For the majority of my life I have struggled with the desire to live in fast forward, constantly looking for the next big thing. For once, I am hanging up my jersey, keeping my head high, and trying to slow down time. I only have a short amount of time left to enjoy college sports and I am going to make the most of it.


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