Club sports offer UM employees a place to play

August 06, 2014 — Coral Gables, Fla. — The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center sponsors 46 competitive and/or recreational club sports for UM students looking to continue playing sports they may have played in high school. But did you know that these club sports are also open to UM faculty and staff?

The Club Sports program at UM is comprised of sports ranging from martial arts to dance and from competitive sports like badminton and racquetball to recreational activities such as SCUBA , rock climbing or even fencing. Club sports are student-led, student-run organizations that function much like other students organizations on campus.

“Club sports present a unique opportunity for faculty and staff,” said Connie Nickel, assistant director of recreational sports at the Herbert Wellness Center and advisor to many club sport teams. “Not only are they a great way to learn a new sport and stay in shape, but they also provide a way for UM employees to connect with students and with the University.”

The sports that are most popular with faculty and staff are:

- Aikido
- Badminton
- Ballroom Dance
- Fencing
- Karate
- Racquetball
- Running
- Swimming
- Table Tennis
- Tae Kwon Do
- Tai Chi
- Tennis
- Triathlon
- Water polo

Sports that are more competitive in nature take students across the state of Florida or even across the country to compete against other schools’ club programs. Although faculty and staff are not allowed to compete in these types of events, those with membership to the Herbert Wellness Center are able to join many of UM’s club teams.

Most clubs have dues ranging from $10 to $80 per year, but some clubs have not dues at all. Visit the Herbert Wellness Center’s Club Sports page on their website or contact Connie Nickel at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information about each sport and for sport-specific contact information.

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