Intramural sports program returns to Hill

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  • By Kendahl Johnson
  • 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Intramural sports at Hill is making its long-awaited return after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID. 

In August, the base hired Lee Smither as intramural sports director to revive the program. Smither has built a calendar that will include at least five sports with a potential for additional sports being added based on interest. He said the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive.

“There’s always been an interest here in intramural sports and we’re super excited to bring it back,” Smither said.

Basketball is the first sport back in action, with the season having kicked off Jan. 9 at the Warrior Fitness Center.  Fifteen teams will compete in a nine-week, 90-game schedule, followed by an eight-team playoff bracket.  

Teams are made up of players from squadrons and organizations all over the base, including the 75th Air Base Wing, the 388th Fighter Wing and the Air Logistics Complex. Smither said that after a slate of preseason games in December, there is no team heading into the regular season as a clear cut favorite to win the league.  

“There are a lot of great teams that are evenly matched. We expect a really competitive season,” he said.    

Other sports being introduced throughout the year for intramural seasons are volleyball in February, softball in May and flag football in August.  Soccer could also be added as an intramural sport, and golf will make a debut in the spring as an extramural event.

For more information about intramural sports, call 777-4617. Information will also be posted on the Warrior and Ness Fitness Centers Facebook page.