Flag football has a long history as an ACU tradition. This season, teams will begin a new tradition by naming their Most Valuable Player.
First-year intramural director Kenli Edwards implemented the MVP idea this season in an attempt to increase excitement surrounding flag football. More than 80 participating teams were asked to select an MVP, via a vote by all team members. The winners receive not only personal satisfaction but also a T-shirt and recognition in Chapel.
“We are trying to create a good Christian atmosphere,” Edwards said. “The MVP idea is to call out students and for them to know that there is a higher standard.”
Flag football has developed a sort of “cult following” at ACU. The camaraderie alone makes it popular, but the large number of participants keeps it interesting for students with a competitive streak.
“Flag football is a huge part of the tradition here,” Edwards said. “Students love to play it, and if they are not playing, they love to watch it. It really helps with the whole community thing.”
The conclusion of the fall semester means the end of popular sports such as flag football and waterball, but with the spring comes a whole new selection of intramural sports.
“I think that basketball and volleyball are just as much a part of the tradition as flag football,” Edwards said. ” These events are held inside, so weather won’t hurt us. Bennett Gym also provides a more homey environment inside of the crowded gym, which adds to the experience.”
Edwards said the good thing about spring intramurals is that students of any skill level can play. Students can play in the highly competitive Championship League or in the more laid-back Recreational League.
Students interested in participating in ACU intramurals can contact Director Kenli Edwards or stop by the intramural office in Bennett Gymnasium.