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On the Bulldog Beat: Fun & Games

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie, UGA provides students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to play dozens of sports through the Intramural Sports program. (Photo/Chamberlain Smith)

From football to basketball and cornhole to billiards, the University of Georgia Intramural Sports program has something for just about everyone

As one of the most popular programs on campus, IM gives literally everyone the opportunity to play–even faculty, staff, and their spouses. Participants can form their own team and play with friends or sign up as a free agent and make some new ones. 

A history professor tennis league? College dean flag football tournament? Husbands versus wives pickleball? Creswell 4th floor against 5th floor ultimate frisbee? The possibilities are endless. 

Dozens of sports are offered each semester, including ESports, which has spiked in popularity over the past several years.

IM is housed within UGA’s Recreational Sports Department, but don’t let the recreational nature fool you, the games get competitive. Stakes are high when championship games are held on legendary UGA stages like Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum. But win or lose, the goal of the program is safe, inclusive fun. 

“This is one of the coolest experiences I’ve had at UGA so far,” says Trent Nesbit, a third-year business major said after his team won the fall 2022 IM Flag Football Championship in their category. “ Especially tonight, playing here in Sanford.”



IM sports does a great job of just keeping it competitive, keeping it clean, and keeping it fun.” -Holland Boone BSEd ’21, IM Flag Football

Regina Metz (45) plays in the 2022 Intramural Flag Football Championship in Sanford Stadium. (Photo/Ireland Hayes)

“I think IM sports is a great way to get connected with the other students that are on campus and have a competitive outlet. Put away your school for a little bit and just go out and ball out.” -Regina Metz, IM Flag Football





So many people look forward to IM sports. If you didn’t have it, I feel like you’d be taking a lot away from the student experience.” -Will Shuford, IM Basketball


Brice Peeler lines up his shot in an intramural pool tournament held at the Tate Student Center. Nontraditional sports like billiards, corn hole and Esports are also offered through the IM sports program. (Photo/Peter Frey)

“It’s important to have a variety of IM sports in order to attract a larger portion of UGA’s diverse student population. I believe it adds to the student experience and UGA’s student atmosphere to have as many IM sports as people want to play.” – Brice Peeler, IM Billiards



“It’s just a fun way to get together with friends and play a sport that we enjoy playing. It’s maybe not as competitive as we may have played before, but it’s still just a good way to stay active and just have fun.” -Sierra Curry, IM Volleyball