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Pay attention to club sports

Rams' senior attacker, Maddie Garcia, 1, cradles the ball past Pittsburgh's Jess Kaszas, 2 in the quarterfinals in Colorado Springs. The Rams won the quarter finals and ultimately the national championship.
Rams’ senior attacker, Maddie Garcia, 1, cradles the ball past Pittsburgh’s Jess Kaszas, 2 in the quarterfinals in Colorado Springs. The Rams won the quarter finals and ultimately the national championship.

Over the weekend the CSU Women’s Lacrosse Team became national champions, defeating the University of California, Santa Barbara. They didn’t lose a single game, making their championship win the crown jewel in a perfect season.

The problem is, not everyone really knows that CSU does have championship teams like the lacrosse teams. Anonymity is a problem that is endemic of most club teams here at CSU. Rarely do they see huge blowout crowds like the football team does, even though they consistently have astronomically better records.

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Part of that might just be a lack of attention from the media, something that we at the Collegian are certainly guilty of and are definitely going rectify in the future. Not just because we feel guilty about not giving club sports the coverage they honestly deserve, but because our club sports are an integral part of the CSU’s campus and student experience.

Club athletes are just as talented as any of our Division I athletes. They practice just as hard and just as long, but without any of the financial support of the university. A lot of club teams have to fundraise in order to play the sports that they love; and often those sports carry pretty hefty costs for them to be paying out of pocket.

So share the love, Rams, and you’ll definitely be in for a good time. Let’s support our club sports!

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