Christopher Camphouse

All your flags belong to me:

LCCC soccer team's Jazmin Villa makes a break for the end zone after a double fake to get around David Chesser, LCCC sophomore in the second intramural football game of the year Jan. 29 in the multipurpose gym.

Photo by Derek Hoffman

No false start here; intramurals kick off season

After more than a 10-year hiatus, the Laramie County Community College intramural program appears to be attracting more participants.

Participation for 2012–13 intramural teams numbered 309 for all sports, said Vince Gibson, men’s head soccer coach and intramural coordinator. Although numbers for fall 2013 have not been calculated, he said he believed overall team participation was up.

Intramurals are a traditional collegiate experience nationwide. In 1992, LCCC cancelled the intercollegiate athletic program and only brought them back in 2002. Within that timeframe intramurals faded.

About three years ago, student government leaders discovered students were being charged an intramural fee, but no activities were offered. Students went to the board of trustees and the president to get them back, Gibson said.

Because of Gibso’s dual duties, LCCC intramurals get off to a delayed start in the fall semester after the soccer season concludes. They have routinely started in the middle to late October rather than the first few weeks of school.

The coordinator called these programs beneficial for the students and the college. Intramurals help new students meet other freshmen as well sophomores, Gibson explained. He said the social aspect is a very important piece that intramurals bring to the campus.

He also pointed to the benefits of intramurals as a stress reliever, a place for athletes who are not playing collegially and an alternative activity for students to participate in.

Each year, Gibson is adding new publicity strategies to raise participation and said he would like to add more sports as the program grows.

When the LCCC administration hired a new full-time athletic director last year, one of his charges was to increase the intramural program. Two more intramural “seasons” will be offered during the spring semester. Indoor flag football, kickball and broomball will be offered first in the spring semester. Dodgeball, walleyball and a raquetball tournament will be offered later in the semester.

Registration information can be found at For any additional information, contact Vince Gibson at or visit his office, P.E. Building, Room 129.

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