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Staff and Faculty Have a Ball With Intramural Sports

Staff and Faculty Have a Ball With Intramural Sports
Trojans practice teamwork outside the office.

On a typical Wednesday, members of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Office of Master’s and Professional Programs finish their day, grab their gloves and become the MAPP Marauders – a force to be reckoned with in Recreational Sports’ intramural summer softball league.

The MAPP Marauders play against such departmental teams as the Liberales from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Jewels of Denial from the Office of Admission and the Urban Sprawlers from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.

“Intramurals are a great opportunity for people of all levels to come out and enjoy healthy competition with your coworkers,” said Sara Shin, intramurals coordinator for Recreational Sports and captain of her department’s own softball team.

While intramural programs run year-round, USC’s summer population – heavy on staff, faculty and working students – requires a unique approach. Games begin shortly after the end of the workday, and team captains often recruit members from their own departments.

Softball is one of the most popular sports among staff, with nine teams in two different leagues. Teams compete once a week for five weeks on Dedeaux Field, which is divided into two smaller diamonds for simultaneous play. Other popular sports include tennis, basketball and soccer.

On many teams, student workers play alongside professional staff and faculty, fostering a stronger relationship between the two groups.

“Ideally, we want a good mix of both staff and students,” Shin said. “Students feel more comfortable communicating with and approaching all the professionals after seeing them outside of the office environment.”

For many, summer sports represent an opportunity for office bonding.

“Things are pretty busy for our staff during the year, and summer is about the only time we can manage to participate,” said Gary Clark, senior associate director of admissions and team captain of the Jewels of Denial. “It’s nice when we’re outside of the office to just talk to each other in a way that’s a little more informal, a little more social.”

To participate, individuals or departments register with Recreational Sports and pay a team fee; a Lyon Center membership is not required.

For more information or to sign up, visit usc.edu/recsports

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