Intramural basketball offers students way to stay active

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Students at California Baptist University have the opportunity to participate in intramural sports, which way to be active without the commitment and competitive level of playing on the university’s Division I athletic teams.

Marnie Kavern, intramurals program director, is in charge of intramurals at CBU and said she enjoys working with students in the area of athletics.

“I chose to work in this at Cal Baptist because I want to walk alongside students during an impressionable time in their lives and share my faith in Christ with them,” Kavern said. “Also, I have had a passion for athletics my whole life and want to provide an opportunity for students. It’s no secret that a ton of students on campus who did not get the chance to play collegiately would like to be active in sports and the opportunity to continue playing sports they love.”

Basketball season at CBU has begun, with basketball intramurals in full swing for students. CBU’s intramural sports program consists of both recreational and competitive teams.

Ander Sevilla, junior business administration major, is a small forward and point guard for his intramural team Big Girls Don’t Kawhi. 

Sevilla said he is competitive and  hopes to lead his team to victories.

“Our goal as a team is to win the CBU Space Jam championship and have fun doing so,” Sevilla said. “People should do intramural sports because it’s a great way to make friends, exercise and express yourself through competition.”

Amanda D’Doeht, sophomore early childhood studies major and guard, is playing intramural basketball for the first time since tearing her labrum and having surgery. D’Doeht is on women’s team Alley-Oopsies.

“The team’s main goal is to do our best in every game and hopefully by doing that we can take it all the way,” D’Doeht said. “We really aim to have a good time and support each other no matter what happens during the games.” 

D’Dhoet said she encourages students get involved as intramurals as it is people with similar interests.

“I didn’t know the girls on my team before I joined, and I’ve had such a great time cheering, supporting and playing ball with them,” D’Doeht said.

CBU continually provides opportunities for students to compete in competitive sports within the intramural sports programs offered. 

While intramural basketball has now ended, students have the opportunity to play again next year. Intramural soccer season started  with competitive and recreation leagues.

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