As a university without a football team it can be difficult to find school spirit. We don’t have football games or a traditional homecoming weekend so the next biggest sport is basketball. Unfortunately, the basketball courts are somewhat far from campus and student housing. This prevents people from wanting to go support the team because they either don’t have cars or simply don’t want to travel or walk that far to go to the games.
Another problem is the advertising of our sports teams. As a previous student athlete I remember our coaches handing us tiny flyers and asking us to hand them out to people on campus, in our dorms, and our classes. We did so but most people ended up throwing them away or forgetting about them. No one was really interested in women’s soccer either so that was the negative side of handing out flyers.
The university also sends out emails about upcoming athletic events but they do it as a bulk email not individual emails for each game or sport. Most students see that header and automatically delete it because they think it’s another basic email informing them about something that doesn’t necessarily pertain to them. If individual emails were sent out and a little more effort put into them maybe it would motivate students to want to attend the games.
Basically, the one problem that can’t be fixed about our school spirit is having football games, which do generate the most school spirit. However, if we put more effort into advertising the events and getting the information and option of attending athletic events out there to more students more frequently and efficiently, maybe we can increase attendance rates and hopefully that will increase school spirit.
Our student athletes put in a lot of time and effort into their sport including practices, rehab, and study hall hours so when they don’t get a good turn out for the games it can be a little discouraging and frustrating. Nonetheless, they continue working hard for their university as a student and an athlete so hopefully there will be a rise in school spirit soon.