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Student athletes take up intramurals in free time

Student athletes take up intramurals in free time

January 14
22:50 2013

Audra Stamp / Intern

While UNT athletes love the sport in which they represent the University, athletes also enjoy the different pace of playing a pick-up game at the UNT Pohl Recreation Center or competing for a different championship on the intramural fields.

In their free time, many athletes will participate in intramurals, though they are barred from participation in the same sport they play for UNT.

“I play basketball intramurals because I used to play basketball when I was younger, and I still love the game,” junior football offensive lineman LaChris Anyiam said.

Those UNT athletes who can’t compete in intramurals usually still have the option of playing pick-up games at the recreation center in their offseason.

“It helps us a lot playing at the rec. center because we get to play against guys, and guys are faster and stronger than us,” women’s basketball junior forward Ash’Lynne Evans said.

Some members of the Mean Green athletic teams feel that they have entitlement because they are NCAA athletes, but players with actual knowledge of the game will show them up, said Ryan Brown, graduate assistant of intramural sports.

Ryan Comfort, assistant director of operations for recreational sports, sees many UNT athletes use the recreation center to shoot around or practice when their team weight room is unavailable.

“Playing at the rec. is healthy competition, and it gets me going and gets my motor going,” senior men’s basketball guard Roger Franklin said.

Franklin has received both praise and hate when playing at the recreation center. Some of the regular recreation center goers feel discouraged from playing UNT athletes for fear of never winning, Franklin said.

While athletes experience the different pace of the game at the recreation center, they must avoid injury and avoid picking up bad habits, men’s basketball head coach Tony Benford said,

“Some guys and girls go out there and play just to play, but that’s a bad habit,” Benford said. “We need to play to win and we can win every time.”

Whether the UNT athletes are playing intramurals or competing at the recreation center, they see it as a way of reliving their childhood and getting extra practice to stay in shape.

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