Students Are Excited for the Games in 2011
Amidst strong winds and unseasonably cool temperatures, the 19th annual Chiro-Games was held in Cocoa Beach, FL this past November. Over one thousand athletes from 14 chiropractic institutions participated in this year’s games, setting a new attendance record.
The student athletes who represented Life University in the games brought home the bronze trophy for the second year in a row, falling just short in points to 2nd place Logan College of Chiropractic and 1st place Parker College of Chiropractic. This is the second consecutive year Life has participated in the games, having representitives in all the sports with at least one team. Life had committed 128 total student athletes to the games this year, with two teams in men’s soccer, flag football, softball, golf, tennis, and beach volleyball.
Thanks to funding from Life Athletics, student athletes were able to attend the games at a fair price. Coach Barrett and Coach Firnbach, with assistance from Jenni Bennett, helped make the games a possibility for Life. The athletes were afforded the opportunity to stay Sunday night after the awards ceremony to be part of the celebration and Life athletes let their voices be heard during the ceremony.
In 2009, Life won gold medals in women’s soccer and beach volleyball, and silver in golf and flag football. Life improved its standings in the medals for the sports this year earning gold medals in men’s and women’s soccer, silver in beach volleyball, softball and tennis.
The women’s soccer team, captained by Alexandra Gerdel, repeated its 2009 championship with a sweep in all of their matches. Most of the ladies suffered some minor injuries in the matches as they played competitively with all their opponents. Asked how her experience with Chiro-Games was this year, Alex replied, “Almost our entire team was injured in some way by the time the weekend was over. I was side-lined with an ankle sprain and couldn’t play on the second day, but with more than one sub on the bench this year, a lot of talent on our team, and a lot of heart, we were able to take the championship again. When all was said and done we scored somewhere around 36 goals in six games and only had two goals against us at the end of the weekend.”
Captain Adam Fackler of the men’s soccer team was very proud of his group’s gold medal. Having not even placed last year, this year’s team went undefeated in all its matches, scoring 38 total goals to their opponents’ combined 3 goals. Adam had high expectations going into the games, saying, “Life is fortunate to have a lot of soccer talent. Some of our players played D1 soccer and we had a lot more practices with and commitment from our players this year.”
The silver medalist softball team from Life was captained by Ron Wilcox, whose team was a compilation of the winning team in Life’s intramural softball league. He looks forward to forming some competition this coming spring for all potential softball players in preparation for next year’s Chiro-Games. He is also currently looking into fundraising for equipment for the softball teams.
The A-team for Life tennis just came up short in winning gold in the championship match against Parker, but they did play and place better than last year’s games when they brought home a bronze metal. Captained by Jason Rogers, the tennis players came to the Chiro-Games more prepared this year as they practiced in the Tennis Club more frequently.
The coed beach volleyball team was captained by Grant Sikes, and in looking to repeat last year’s gold, they lost the championship match to Parker. Having lost that match, Grant is looking forward to preparing for next year as it will be his last Chiro-Games. “Life has so many talented athletes that we can form teams from. Next year we will place in gold and silver, guaranteed.”
With the success and popularity that the Chiro-Games has brought, the university and student body is standing behind the games. It is the goal of Life University to host the games in the next couple years. Also this coming spring, Life Athletics will be working with students in developing clubs and competition to help prepare our student athletes for the Chiro-Games. All club sports will be open to any interested parties in participating in the games. It is likely that the planning for next year’s games will be a collaboration of several departments at Life along with student leaders.