Graduate and Professional Intramural Sports
This past fall and winter, members of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) formed a committee to oversee the coordination of graduate and professional student intramural sports. With the goal of encouraging interaction across the various graduate and professional schools at Dartmouth, the Graduate and Professional Intramural Sports Committee (GPIM) organized an inaugural intramural basketball league during winter term that included a total of eighty-nine players and twelve teams.
The idea for a graduate and professional student intramural sports league was first introduced to the executive board of the GSC by the Dartmouth Associate Athletic Director for Club Sports and Intramurals, Joann Brislin. She suggested a graduate and professional student league because she had noted that simply including graduate or professional students on teams in the undergraduate intramural league did not necessarily meet the needs of these students, who have different experiences and perspectives than undergraduates. For example graduate and professional students sometimes want to include their spouses, significant others, or friends unaffiliated with Dartmouth on their teams.
The GPIM committee includes graduate students from a variety of programs including Jessica DeSimone (Molecular and Cellular Biology), Donald Hondongwa (Thayer School of Engineering), Mara Laine (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies), Travis Peters (Department of Computer Science), and Spencer Hatch (Department of Physics and Astronomy). Team rosters for the winter 2014 intramural basketball league featured members from every school on campus, including a few undergraduates and several residents at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center! The two playoff games took place on Wednesday, April 2. The first game of the evening matched the top two teams from each division against each other, and the winning team from each division proceeded to the championship game. The championship teams were “FOOSH,” comprised of Dartmouth-Hitchcock residents and Geisel medical students, and “Uncle Drew CSSA Special,” composed of members of the Dartmouth Chinese Students and Scholars Association and their friends. “Uncle Drew CSSA Special” ended up taking first place overall!
The team captains and members of the GPIM basketball league have given positive feedback, indicating that the format and structure of the league better suits the graduate and professional student populations on campus. With this encouragement, during the spring 2014 term, the GPIM committee is performing a test run of a graduate and professional intramural softball league, with the first games slated to take place Saturday, April 26. The softball team rosters currently boast members from Dartmouth Graduate Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, Tuck School of Business, Geisel School of Medicine, as well as residents at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center—for a total of 121 participants spread over 11 teams.
The Dartmouth Graduate and Professional Intramural Sports Committee invites your feedback, ideas, and participation… on an intramural team, the GPIM committee, or both! Please feel free to email us and be sure to look out for upcoming intramural sports in the summer and fall!
by Spencer Hatch