Dr. Theresa Williamson played soccer during most of her undergraduate years at Yale University.
When she started working at Duke three years ago for her neurosurgery residency, she wanted to put on cleats and revisit the soccer field. She signed up to play on Duke intramural soccer teams with students and employees and participated in games after work on Central and West campuses. She helped start a Department of Neurosurgery team this fall named “Kicking Astrocytes,” playing off a term for brain and spinal cord cells.
“It’s great because then when you talk with someone about a consult or talk with a nurse in the ICU, playing soccer with coworkers adds an extra layer of fun,” said Williamson, a resident physician in the Duke Department of Neurosurgery. “It’s nice to know each other outside of work.”
Duke employees who are Duke Recreation and Physical Education members, meaning they have access to Wilson and Brodie recreation centers on campus, can join or help start campus intramural teams year-round. Staff and faculty can join an employee team or play with students.
In the fall, teams play table tennis, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and soccer, said Shawn Newton, Duke Recreation’s director of intramural sports. Registration for spring intramurals, which opens in January, will include softball, basketball, soccer, kickball and dodgeball. Games are typically played weekdays after 6:30 p.m.
Duke employees can register for an intramural sport as an individual “free agent” or as a team on IMLeagues.com using their Duke email address. Registration for different sport seasons and tournaments occur throughout the semester. “A” leagues are considered more competitive and “B” leagues are more recreational.
“Intramurals definitely provide an opportunity to de-stress after the end of a long work day,” Newton said.
After an employee signs up on IMLeagues.com, Duke Recreation will check his or her Duke Recreation membership. Employees who have ideas about starting up a new intramural sport on campus can contact email@example.com.