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Always In Play

Widener University has long been known for its excellence in intercollegiate athletics, both on the playing fields or courts as well as in the classroom.

But students who aren’t part of official Widener intercollegiate sports teams still have plenty of opportunities to participate in athletics and recreational activities, in a wide range of skill levels and competitive environments.

Widener now offers 26 intramural sports throughout the year, such as flag football, indoor and outdoor soccer, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball, kickball, and many other individual and team sports. 

“These were all created based on student feedback, which is why it’s so important that students tell us what sports they’re interested in each year, and we’ll add new sports based on their feedback,” said Jen Scuderi, assistant director of the Wellness Center at Widener.

The number of participating students has risen from several hundred to 1,800 students who play intramural sports at Widener.

Widener also offers an informal recreational sports program. Students can find a variety of types of sports equipment to check out, at the Wellness Center and at other locations around campus, said Corina Evans, Wellness Center director. Student can check out “any type of sports equipment that they can possibly think of, just to play pickup games, if they have breaks in between classes,” or if they’re looking for something to do in the evenings and on weekends, Evans said. 

Students looking for a more competitive setting can find that element in Widener’s club sports. The university hosts club teams in men’s and women’s rugby, roller hockey, and ice hockey.

“These are all student-run clubs. They’re actually high-caliber clubs that travel and play against other local schools in their leagues,” Evans said. “Students really are the driving force behind the clubs. If interested students want to start a new club sport that is not already offered, administrators at the Wellness Center can begin that process, Evans said.