How to Get Active Outside of Varsity Sports


Maddy Walshak, an O-Rec Trip Leader, explores the outdoors during her summer. Photo provided by Maddy Walshak.

It may seem hard to get involved at Trinity if you’re not in a sport. The good news is that there’s plenty of ways to start or maintain an active lifestyle in college without being in a varsity sport. The other good news is that now is the perfect time to sign up.

Club Sports

Say you played a sport competitively in high school, but maybe now that you’re in college, you have other interests or just don’t want to play at the Division III level. Consider joining a club sport. These organizations are just one level below varsity sports, meaning the clubs compete against other teams. There are club teams that are the same sports as varsity, such as volleyball, tennis and soccer, but also others that are non-traditional, like trap and skeet, lacrosse and fencing. Plans are in the works for adding even more this year, like a club swimming team. See the Trinity Tigers website for more.


Intramural (IM) sports are the next level down from club sports, and are even less competitive. Anyone can participate and have fun in these games, and no particular athletic skills are required. The intramural sports starting in September are volleyball and flag football, while softball, soccer and dodgeball will start in November. All IM sports have men’s teams, women’s teams and co-recreational teams, except for softball which is only co-recreational. Registration has already begun and will continue until the end of August, so hurry up and sign up while you can.

Outdoor Recreation

The Outdoor Recreation team, also known as O-Rec, is a group that plans outdoor trips into Texas wilderness. Their trips include activities like hiking, backpacking, swimming, canoeing and more. O-Rec hopes students will join them on trips to relieve stress, have a small getaway from the otherwise hectic campus life and experience the outdoors. Their trips are aimed at all levels, so no previous outdoor experience is necessary. Past trips have been to locations like Enchanted Rock, the Guadalupe River and Big Bend National Park, as well as many more. If you would rather do your own outdoor excursion, rent outdoor equipment from O-Rec for very low prices. Whether you want an escape into nature or just a cool Instagram picture, check out O-Rec at the Student Involvement Fair on Tuesday Aug. 23 at 6 pm, or contact them at [email protected]

Getting Active in San Antonio

Looking for a way to get active outside of campus and in the heart of San Antonio itself? Consider one of these options. The District offers rock-climbing and bouldering, 24 hours a day. Check them out with a day pass for only $12. If you want to go for a walk or run, the San Antonio River Walk has miles and miles of walkways that are perfect for running. There are also trails that connect the San Antonio Missions that Trinity students have been known to explore via bike or foot. Even closer to home is the Japanese Tea Garden, which is the perfect place to take a tranquil break from the noise.

If you look around, there are plenty of ways to stay active and healthy this year. We hope you take advantage of these opportunities, Tigers!