Salt Lake Community College students who have a thirst for competing in sports but are not involved with the school’s teams have the opportunity to get involved through Sports Rally.
Sports Rally is a club where students can have friendly competition amongst each other, playing a sport of their choice.
“It’s the intramurals of the college; basketball, softball, bowling, and a variety of other sports. It gives students a way to interact if they aren’t part of the actual school teams,” explains Sports Rally coordinator David Vito.
Sports Rally is also credited as being the only way the SLCC community can enjoy its own football team.
“What I like about Sports Rally, than any other semi-pro team I have played for, is that we play as a family,” says player Damien Holmes. “We make mistakes just like any other team but we strive to improve upon them to make a better team.”
Holmes adds, “I also enjoy the fact that I get to play for and represent the college I go to.”
This is a great way for student athletes at SLCC to compete on the college level.
“It gives players on the team potential to be recruited by bigger entities because we can give them their game film for them to use,” says Sports Rally president and founder Jesse Valdez. “SLCC does not offer intramural sports and through Sports Rally we give students the chance to get involved in a sport.”
For those unaware of Sports Rally’s presence at the school, simply look to the TV screens around campus. Valdez and Vito host the Mass Communication Center’s sports show, “End of the Bench.”
“It’s a sports talk show where we talk about the SLCC athletics, club sports, local and national sports scene. We have interviews with the players and coaches, and the students around campus,” says Vito.
Students interested in joining Sports Rally may contact Jesse Valdez for more information. Valdez is the driving force behind football at SLCC.
“If we can get more involvement with the community then that would really help. We need help with funds because this is a sports club and it requires quite a bit of equipment,” says Valdez.
Sports Rally also needs participation from the SLCC student body.
Vito adds, “With the help of the student body coming to the games and showing their school spirit followed by support. We can make it happen together. This is something every student should take pride in.”
Vito adds, “The fact of the matter is that you are going to a college that has a football team. You don’t have to wait to go a four year university to be a part of something big.”