For those with a more competitive spirit, Washington and
Lee is home to six intramural leagues. Fall Term brings soccer,
flag football and handball, while volleyball, basketball and
ultimate Frisbee are played during Winter Term. With up to 20
teams per league, that translates to hundreds of games each year.
Darby Lundquist ‘ 17 served as a referee and supervisor for
intramurals since she was a first-year. She enjoyed the work-study
position because it exposed her to many different people on
campus. As a member of the varsity basketball team, Lundquist
appreciated that intramurals allow students to compete in a sport
they love, but with far less stress.
“There are so many people who play intramurals, and they
are good but they don’t have time or they don’t think they want
to be dedicated to a sport,” she said. “Some just play for fun and
others do take it seriously — we get a good mix.
“I don’t know if intramurals are something that’s really
Working up a sweat on one of the
advertised on campus tours, but they should be, because a lot of
people really enjoy it,” she said. “Resident advisers make a point
to tell first-year halls about it. It is part of your identity, and it also
keeps people in shape.”
When college tour season is in full swing, it is not unusual to
see groups of prospective students and their parents traipsing
through the fitness center. Those who are used to hitting the
gym on a regular basis may take it for granted, but director
Chris Schall never does.
“As far as I know, every tour group comes through the
fitness center. It’s a hub and it’s worth showing off,” Schall said.
“I even had an amateur weightlifter say that he came to W&L
because of the fitness center.”
Schall keeps statistics that show during an average week
in 2011, the fitness center had 2,000 to 2,500 visits. Today, the
weekly average is about 3,000 visits — and those are just the
folks who remember to scrawl their name on the sign-in sheet
at the front desk. The 10,000-square-foot facility is open to
students, staff, faculty, family members and guests.
A Competitive Spirit
Focus on Fitness
many machines in W&L’s fitness center.
Students test their balance on stand-up paddleboards
while enjoying the beauty of the Maury River.