ISU’s Sport Club program held its third annual Sport Club Expo on the Quad yesterday to promote and raise awareness of the competitive opportunities for students to participate in.
Despite the threat of rain, an estimated five hundred attendees came out to learn more about the Sport Club program.
“The purpose of the expo is multifaceted,” Sport Club Coordinator James Wayne said. “First, it is to create awareness and promote the clubs that students may not know exist.”
The Sport Club program offers sports from the traditional basketball and dance teams to the unique such as the equestrian club, lacrosse team and Quidditch team.
“The second fold is that the program is social as well as competitive. It gives participants the opportunity to build connections and relationships with the people they go to battle with every day,” Wayne said.
In addition to the social and competitive nature of sport clubs, students have the opportunity to build skills that are transferable to résumés and beyond, such as leadership and working with budgets, both of which come from being a part of a club’s executive board.
Some of the newer sport clubs such as women’s lacrosse, Quidditch and golf had the chance to increase membership without the fear of being lost in Festival ISU, another promotional event utilized by the sport clubs.
“What’s special about the expo is that it’s a stand-alone recruitment event,” Wayne said.
To attract attention to their tables, certain teams brought out equiptment such as the fishing team, who brought out a boat, and the ultimate frisbee and lacrosse teams, who had players demonstrating throws during the event.
“A lot of our sports have groups who are willing to teach and educate members to develop skills throughout the season, which helps for those sports that were not offered at a high school level,” Wayne said.
For those who were not able to make it to the quad for the Sport Club Expo, information on each sport can be found on the Sport Club website CampusRecreation.IllinoisState.edu, as well as on each sport’s Facebook or Twitter.
Photos from yesterday’s expo can also be found on the Vidette website, VidetteOnline.com.