You better sit down, because I’m about to let you in on some information that might rock your world. FIT has sports teams. Yes, real sports teams that have practices, and uniforms and compete in competitions.
We are part of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) which is like the NCAA, only it’s for two-year schools. (Yes, I realize you can get a bachelor’s degree at FIT over four years but I don’t make the rules here people.) Unfortunately, this means that a student can only compete in a sport for two years. However, I have been told that a student can compete for one sport for two years, and another sport for the other two years.
There are men and women’s teams for cross country/half marathon, dance team, table tennis, tennis, track & field, and swimming & diving. Women can also participate on the soccer and volleyball teams.
I play for the tennis team, and we just won regionals over the weekend. The FIT athletic teams have actually been very successful. If you go to the gym in the basement of the Business and Liberal Arts Center there are trophy cases filled to the brim with past regional and national championships.
We’re not playing Division 1 schools, nor is anyone getting scholarships based off their athletic abilities here, but sports are a part of life at FIT that many people do not realize. The tennis team has practice every day between classes and plays matches every weekend in September and October. Because we won regionals we are continuing to nationals which are being held on the same courts where the U.S. Open is held!
Just because you are a student at a predominantly arts oriented university, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of competing in sports.