Berkshire Community College (BCC) has announced the launch of several fall intramural sports including: olleyball, cross country running and hiking.
According to Lauren Pellegrino, BCC's director of recreational services, the introduction of intramural sports is part of the college's wellness initiative.
"Wellness and physical activity are a direct link to student academic success. Practicing healthy lifestyle habits, while being part of a supportive group, provides students with lifelong lessons," said Pellegrino. "The goal is to offer students various options during which they can have a great time while being active with their peers. These types of offerings also help to create a fun college experience."
The cross country group, which will utilize BCC's outdoor trails, will start practice runs together on Sept. 12 at 4:15 p.m. The goal is to have the group participate in local community races that will benefit good causes.
Volleyball will begin with a student vs. faculty/staff challenge on Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. College teams will later participate in the Pittsfield Co-Ed Volleyball League, which plays in the BCC's Paterson Field House on Tuesday nights from 6 to 10 p.m.
Guided hikes include a three mile excursion on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Mount Greylock State Forest as well as a two mile moonlight "Halloween" hike, guided by a certified wilderness activities instructor. The moonlight hike will be held Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Tyringham Cobble Reservation.
A guided snowshoe hike on BCC's trails may also be available this winter.
The cross country and volleyball groups are open to BCC students, faculty and staff only. The hikes are open to students, faculty, and staff -as well as guests such as family and friends.
BCC has a rich history of athletics and intramurals. For many decades, both a basketball and soccer team existed and were members of the National Junior College Athletic Association Conference. In the early 1970s, the soccer team performed well and even traveled to Florida to compete.
Several years of successful basketball intramurals were held at BCC throughout the 1990s into the early 2000s.
BCC's Paterson Field House offers a wide variety of opportunities for both students and the public (for a nominal membership fee) including: a basketball court, soccer fields, a 5K cross country course, a fitness center, outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts. Lockers are available for students (students must supply their own locks).
Paterson's newly extended fall hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The facility is closed weekends.
For general information, membership details, or to sign up for intramural activities, call 413-236-1661 or
413-236-1670 or email to email@example.com. BCC students may also sign up for intramurals at the front desk at Paterson Field House.
On Aug. 1, BCC became a smoke free campus as part of the college's wellness efforts. For details, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/smokefree.