Hoops for the Heck of It

March 25, 2015

Employee Basketball League

It may be March Madness, with the Final Four just around the corner, but coach Sean Miller's players aren't the only Wildcats playing stout defense and trying to find the open man.

Three days a week at the Student Recreation Center, you'll find a dedicated group of University employees who come together from across campus to engage in a little friendly lunchtime competition. They are members of a Campus Recreation employee basketball league.

The league has been around since the mid-1970s. Games used to be held in Bear Down Gym, before it was converted into administrative offices and the Student Recreation Center was built.

Players are mostly UA faculty and staff, although some University retirees and students also play. The number of participants varies over the course of the year.

Motivations for playing also vary. Some say it's a stress reliever, while others play to stay in shape.

League member David Wagner, associate general counsel in the UA Office of the General Counsel, said the league is always looking for new members.

"We play in the south gym at the Rec Center at noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday," he said. "We invite people to come down. Really, it's a just a desire to have people who come and play regularly so we can all get some exercise and have some fun playing basketball together."

Participation in the league is free, but a Campus Recreation membership is required to access the courts. A semester pass for UA employees is $125, and a day pass is $8. More information is available on the Campus Recreation website.