Wanted: Adult Kickball Players

Duke employee discount offered to local kickball League

Teams are encouraged to be creative with uniforms, like this team of pirates. Courtesy of World Adult Kickball Association Social Sports.

While many might have honed their kickball skills in schoolyards, Duke faculty and staff can now show their kicking, catching and throwing skills on the playing fields of Durham and Chapel Hill.

Starting this spring, Duke employees will receive discounted registration to join the local chapters of the World Adult Kickball Association. During weekly games, faculty and staff can find a fun way to stay active and meet new people. Duke employees pay $54 to join, $14 off the normal price. To receive the discount, employees must sign up by Feb. 15 by emailing cindy@kickball.com.

Participants must be 21 or older to play. Games in Durham take place Sunday afternoons starting March 10 and Chapel Hill games are played Thursday nights starting March 7.

"This kickball league provides a great opportunity to do something off campus and meet new people," said Katherine Wallis, an MBA student at the Fuqua School of Business who organized a kickball team last year. "Kickball can be a lot of fun - when else do you get to play a game you learned in elementary school?"

Wallis said she decided to form last year's team after previously playing in a kickball league in Baltimore. She said forming a team became a good way to build camaraderie among her peers both on the kickball field and after games during social outings.

"Unlike other sports, all skill levels are welcome and everyone is very supportive of each other," Wallis said. "It's a great forum for meeting new people and having a great time."

A full listing of leagues for Chapel Hill and Durham can be found online. For more information about the kickball leagued and to sign up with the Duke discount, email cindy@kickball.com and identify yourself as a Duke employee.