Georgia College offers 22 club sports through its Recreational Sports program. Sports such as championship ultimate Frisbee, bass fishing, and lacrosse are well known, but there are many other sports offered that allow students to compete on a higher level than intramurals.
Bert Rosenberger, the director of GC RecSports, is committed to continuing the tradition of successful club sports on campus.
“It gives students on opportunity to let students continue to play sports they loved in high school or to learn new sports that maybe aren’t traditional,” Rosenberger said.
GC club sports range anywhere from wakeboarding to the newly formed clay target club. The club teams receive funding from SGA and have been known to travel as far as Arizona to compete with other universities.
Although GC may be on the smaller end of the scale as far as size is concerned, Rosenberger said that it is not uncommon for GC teams to beat bigger schools.
Students are the lifeblood of the club sports program, and they make a serious time commitment to be able to participate. For most students, however, it is well worth it.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for students who didn't want to go to college for sports,” said senior Ben Fleck, MIS major and president of the GC Lacrosse Club. “You can meet new people, be part of an organization on campus, and compete in a game you love, all while representing GCSU.”
GC club sports have had major successes recently. The men’s ultimate Frisbee club won the Division III Championship in 2016, defeating Brandeis University to win the title for the Bobcats. The bass fishing club was the top-ranked team for part of last year as well, besting schools such as Clemson and the University of Georgia along the way.
At its heart, the club sports program allows students to continue with a sport they may have loved in high school or to learn a new sport. GC has found success in many of the traditional club sports, but the non-traditional sports have thrived as well.
Junior Matthew Griffin, a member of the Bobcats Rugby Club, has been a club athlete since his freshman year.
“Since I started playing, the Bobcats Rugby Club has placed in the top 50 twice, including a 38th place finish last year,” Griffin said.
Club sports typically take members throughout the year and organize their own practices, travel, and games. Students can join a team or find out more through www.imleagues.com, GC’s home for intramurals as well as club sports.
Photo courtesy of Ben Fleck.
Pictured from left to right: Nick Eldridge, Jacob Lee, Cooper McCullers and Ben Fleck.