Recognizing the chess team
Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 11:00pm
Last night, I attended Uni’s fall athletic awards ceremony, which honored the cross country, soccer, swimming, and volleyball teams. A lot of honor and recognition was shown to these sports, congratulating the teams for their excellent seasons and performances. But how come chess isn’t recognized as much as these sports?
I have heard many reasons for why chess lacks recognition. One key reason is that some do not recognize chess as a real sport. Traditionally, a sport is defined as being both competitive and physical. Chess is competitive, but to many people, it may not sound physical.
I don't see why Uni doesn't give a little more recognition to our chess team. The Uni chess team has been around probably as long as the other sports, or even longer. The team members commit lots of their time and energy to play chess. Our league matches occur on Thursdays at Parkland College and often last until 9 or 10 p.m. That's late enough, but in past years, we sometimes didn't get home until midnight, because meets were held at more distant locations. It was only this year that we switched to Parkland.
We have produced impressive results and delivered our best performances. We've placed first in our league (ECIC) for the past four years. In state, we placed eighth out of 121 schools last year and placed fourth out of 126 schools in 2006. We have to compete with schools that are 10 times our enrollment. Our team ranks first in Class A.
Based on our accomplishments, I believe Uni should recognize the chess team more and include it in its athletic awards ceremony. Chess is one of the strongest activities we have at Uni, and Uni should increase its recognition for the team.