By Martin Bergstrom
The whole purpose of a school newspaper, like the Index, is to publish stories that the whole community will be interested in reading. These stories may contain news about official campus events, various concerts and shows, or the latest hangover cures, but they are all for the purpose of keeping readers informed and engaged. It’s important to recognize the various accomplishments of Kalamazoo’s various official sports teams, but it does the school a great disservice to ignore the accomplishments of Kalamazoo’s club teams.
Proponents of only covering NCAA sanctioned sports claim that these sports are more competitive than club sports, and this is true to a certain extent. But club sports teams represent the K community as much as any NCAA team. The Kalamazoo Ultimate Frisbee Team is one of the most dominant Division III ultimate teams in the nation. It regularly competes in top level tournaments and took seventh place at Division III Nationals last year. Additionally, the woman’s frisbee team frequently beat their counterparts from Western and recently placed third in Division III Regionals. The lacrosse team regularly plays official NCAA teams. Though they lack professional coaching and official NCAA accreditation, the club teams represent Kalamazoo proudly and should be a source of pride for the college community.
I’m always interested in reading about our soccer team (who had a fantastic season). However, I am no less interested in reading about how the frisbee team’s is traveling to Division I Sectionals this weekend. While they are less competitive and more inclusive than NCAA sanctioned sports teams, club sports represent an important part of the community that students deserve to read about.