A new intramural sports league has kicked off its first season in Oxford.
The first set of games in the adult co-ed kickball league, created by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, were played Monday night.
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Kickball is the first co-ed sports league created by the department, according to Dustin VanWinkle, sports coordinator for Parks and Recreation.
“It’s something everyone can come out for and have a good time with,” VanWinkle said.
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Casey Wooddell had a goal of expanding the base of people taking part in programs offered by Parks and Recreation when the city hired him as the department’s leader two years ago.
“We should never be afraid to try something new and if it works, keep it going,” Wooddell told the Journal-News in 2016. “I want to continue to try new things. You cannot get in a tunnel and not try new things.”
Wooddell himself plays in the new kickball league with the Kickers team. Half of the Kickers wore matching tie-dye shirts as a makeshift uniform.
“We’ve only played one game so far, but it was lots of fun,” Wooddell said.
VanWinkle said that the four-team turnout was good for a new offering and hoped that interest would increase as more people learned about the league.
“Just being around the park, seeing the stuff on social media, I think that’s all going to help generate interest in the future,” he said.
The kickball league has double-header games scheduled for five Mondays during the fall at Community Park, ending with a single elimination tournament on Oct. 8. The winning team will receive prizes from the Parks and Recreation department.