Posted by dshirer under David S., Living at Messiah
Nearly every weekend the campus is a buzz with sporting events; soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball and lacrosse in the spring. Everyone around asks, “Are you going to the game tonight?” I often respond with, “What about the game this afternoon?” Generally, the women’s games are played before the men’s games. I get a little frustrated with people who only support the men’s teams, because, often the women’s teams preform just as well if not better than their male counterparts. This past fall, both men’s and women’s soccer teams won national titles, and have done so in the past as well. The only thing is, that throughout the season, the women are lucky if they have 200 fans at a game. Even if their game follows the men’s game, people leave the stadium after the first game. The same thing happens for women’s basketball, who is playing in the first rounds of NCAA’s this week, while the men missed out on a NCAA bid. And this happens all year; in the spring with baseball vs softball- which the women won a national title last spring. This issue doesn’t even consider men’s and women’s tennis- yes we have tennis teams, men’s and women’s swimming, and the mis-matched field hockey, wrestling, and golf teams. And don’t even get me started on women’s VARSITY volleyball vs men’s CLUB volleyball. This trend may never change, but I am a strong advocate of equal support of all teams.