Spring Semester Lineup Has South Students Ready to Rec It


Photo Courtesy of Trenton Denton

From left: Christian Aritia, Stephanie Barrajas, Rachel Carroll, Jennifer Gonzalez, Alexia Mendez, Jaafar Mouhamad, Natalie Robles, Kennedy Rodriguez, and Belen Tovar pause from playing recreational sports to take a group photo during a 2015 GCIC tournament.

The Rec Sports programs of San Jacinto College are a place to participate in recreational games of basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, weight training, as well as martial arts. The program is open to students, staff, and faculty of all experience levels.

South campus Recreational Sports Coordinator Trenton Denton said the program is a way to “become more involved with school,” a key factor for achieving success in college. He further noted martial arts is a Rec Sport only offered at the South campus.

Frequent attendee Devin Drake said he enjoys martial arts because it’s a good fit for participants who would like to learn to defend themselves but struggle with sports and getting in shape. “It’s a sport made for chicken bodies,” Drake said.

Denton indicated he is “always open to what the students want to do,” mentioning a group of students who used the badminton equipment one semester even though the activity was not offered. He said students may request to play other sports that are not scheduled or advertised as a part of the program.

Rec Sports activities are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the week. Mondays and Wednesdays offer soccer, basketball, and flag football while Tuesdays and Thursdays host volleyball and martial arts. Also, weight training and fitness contests take place Monday through Thursday.

Furthermore, the South campus Rec Sports program is involved in a slew of upcoming recreational events. The GCIG Martial Arts Workshop is scheduled for Feb. 26, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the Student Center on the Central campus. Instructors will hold demonstrations and assist participants with martial arts styles like Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Krav Maga.

A March Madness basketball tournament will take place March 9, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., hosted by Phi Theta Kappa. Refreshments will be provided, and admission is free.

The Gulf Coast Intercollege Conference (GCIC) will be held April 14 on Stewart Beach in Galveston. This event involves all three San Jac Rec Sports programs coming together as a single team to compete against other member colleges in outdoor tournaments of soccer, flag football, and volleyball.

More information about Rec Sports is available at www.sanjac.edu/rec-sports. All South campus Rec Sports activities take place in the W.L. “Levi” Smallwood Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (S21) unless otherwise noted.