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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sports Programs Expanding at WCC

By Nancy Clay

During the lazy days of summer, Erica Lemm, the new coordinator for the WCC Sports Office, has been moving fast, ramping up for new and expanded offerings for sports lovers.

Traditionally, the WCC Sports Office has coordinated student participation in a variety of team sports, with WCC students competing against other teams in extramural community leagues. That part of the program, called club sports, will continue.

But Lemm also is working hard to create an intramural sports program, based largely on what WCC students and employees want to play. Intramural sports are played between members of the same school or college. In WCC’s case, qualifying students and WCC employees can participate.

Lemm is actively encouraging input from all WCC students and staff as she develops sports programming. There’s no charge for students or employees to participate in any WCC sports program.

Lemm Knows Athletics

Lemm, a native of Clinton Township, is an athlete herself, having played soccer and earned a black belt in karate. She’s a recent graduate of Central Michigan University, with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and double minors in marketing and event management. Lemm also earned an endorsement in coaching from CMU. She started in her WCC position in mid-May.

Lemm has completed some very cool internships—with the Detroit Pistons, Special Olympics Michigan, CMU Athletics, and NASCAR. For four years, Lemm also was the entertainment and activity coordinator for the CMU Relay for Life event, raising money for the American Cancer Society.

Lemm became an advocate of lifelong sports programs when she was forced out of collegiate soccer by repeated knee surgeries—four to be exact.

“I couldn’t play varsity soccer, so I decided to participate in CMU’s women’s club soccer team,” she said. “I noticed right away that the team really wasn’t administrated very well—the equipment was outdated and the coaches didn’t seem to be very committed to the team. So I decided I would start coordinating CMU’s entire women’s club soccer program, which actually led me to the career I have today.”

She knows firsthand the benefits of sports involvement. “It’s great that WCC offers its students the opportunity to continue to participate in sports,” Lemm said. “We’re hoping to involve even more people, who might not be looking for competitive play through the intramural program.

“Sports offers participants lessons in time management and teamwork and promotes healthy lifestyles and co-curricular learning, while giving participants a way to meet others who enjoy the same activities.”

Variety of Club Sports Teams Available

WCC fields baseball, basketball, golf, running, soccer, softball, and volleyball teams, and it’s planning drop-in cricket and lacrosse matches. To participate, students need to be 18 or older, be taking at least three credit hours, and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Tryouts are held for most teams, Lemm said, and practices generally are held twice a week.

The baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball teams play in the Ann Arbor Recreation League. The WCC soccer teams play at the WideWorld Sports Center and in the South East Michigan Premier Soccer League. Golfers tee off at Huron Hills Golf Course. The running group trains year-round and students run in local road races, ranging from mini-track meets to marathons.

Intramural Sports Open to Everyone at WCC

WCC will host intramural sports for 3v3 soccer, 3v3 basketball, flag football, dodge ball, sand volleyball, floor hockey, softball, badminton, table tennis, bowling, and tennis. Rock-paper-scissors matches and a March Madness Bracket Contest will also be held. Each sport will run either for four weeks or as a one-day tournament.

“WCC employees will be able to join in and are encouraged to participate in the intramural program,” she said.

Share Your Ideas, Vote for Mascot

Lemm welcomes input from students and staff members as she develops WCC’s sports programs. You can share your ideas by sending an email to her, calling her at 734-973-3720, or visiting the WCC Sports Office in Room 118 on the lower level of the Student Center building.

Lemm also encourages students and staff to stop by the WCC Sports Office to cast votes for a new mascot. Six choices are available, although other ideas also are being accepted. Voting will continue until Sept. 21.

Nancy Clay is a freelance writer.

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