By Ieva Bytautaite
Ka La editor
Sports are serious business in college. Students and non-students bet, cheer, fight, live and breathe for college sports. Whether playing for a team, or cheering for your school at a game, it’s hard to deny the fact that college sports make the college experience what it is.
Usually, that’s something that community college students tend to miss out on. But HonoluluCC intramural sports now give students a chance to represent their schools.
A crowd of about a dozen cheered on the bleachers at UH Klum Gym on a breezy Thursday night. As the buzzer sounded ending the game, a handful of guys in teal jerseys cheered, hugged and tackled each other, celebrating another win.
Co-captain and coach Taumalatou Peko says that he loves the game, but he joined the team because he wants to support the young players. “Every time we win I treat the whole team to pizza,” Peko said.
“I only knew three of the guys when I first started playing,” said Makena Rothenborg, a player on the team and a first year student, “but I have become closer with the whole team. And that makes my college experience a lot more special.”
Before playing for the HonoluluCC team Nate Miguel, also a first-year student, played in high school and for outside leagues. He joined the team for “the exercise, to have fun, to win but also to represent the school.”
Determination and good chemistry are what make this team strong, Peko said. With only one loss this season, the team was closing in on first place in the intramural league. But there is more at stake than a trophy. These players are not only representing the school but creating friend- ships and memories for life.
***Intramural Sports are available during the Fall and Spring semester. For more information on how to join intramural sports or what team sports are available, contact Student Life and Development.