“If you are not on the SLCC basketball team or SLCC baseball team, we are trying to get students involved; it’s almost like SLCC’s intramurals, since SLCC doesn’t have one,” says Jesse Valdez, president and founder of Sports Rally.
Sports Rally’s football plays schools that include Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. There are two seasons, one in fall and one in spring for Salt Lake Community College students who want to play football.
“It feels really great, especially being a part of this since the beginning. Our first season, we only had about 11 guys on the roster showing up to games,” says Valdez. “Now the league style is 9v9, which basically means you have a mandatory three men on the line instead of five. So you can see how young of a team we were with barely enough people to play, and to get by, we had $8 Under Armour T-shirts to act as our ‘jerseys.’”
Sports Rally started the season on a rocky note, losing the first game of the regular season 28-6; the week after they posted a tie at 0-0 to fall 0-1-1 on the early season.
“When we got that tie it was upsetting; I tend to take it worse than a loss. We already lost our first game, and now we have just tied our second, but in the long run, at least it’s not a loss,” says Valdez.
In week three, Sports Rally won back-to-back games to climb to third place. Isaac Tuinei was named player of the week.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” says Valdez, “We will continue to make our team and organization even stronger.”
Sports Rally football has one game left until they hit the field for the playoffs.
Sports Rally is not just for football; they want people to come out and play any kind of recreational sport including basketball, every Friday morning in the LAC Building starting at 11 a.m.