First-year GCHS PE teacher Andy Browning played a lot of intramural sports in college, making “a bunch of friends” along the way. So when he was looking for a leadership project, intramurals seemed a natural fit to bring to GCHS students.
The first sport offered seemed another natural fit – basketball. Around 66 students signed up, with student interest pretty evenly distributed between all grades. Browning noted that almost half of those had not previously participated in extracurriculars, and that while about 20 had played some kind of sport, none had played basketball.
Teams were able to get in about two weeks of practice time before tournament play. After that, the program will switch gears for a ping pong tournament. Browning looks for about half the numbers he had for basketball, but more girls since the teams can be co-ed.
For now the program is “just kind of grassroots,” said Browning. He hopes it will grow next year as word continues to get out and more sports are offered. “I would love to do dodge ball, kick ball, maybe volleyball too. The goal really isn’t so much about the competition as it is getting kids out, having fun, and being a part of something.”
Browning meets with teams before practice begins.
A lot of hustle at both ends of the court. Teams signed up together so there was a lot of camaraderie mixed in with competition.