Intramural Sports and Other Activities in Williamsburg

K KoballaBy Kasey Koballa, Class of 2018

At William & Mary, outside of the classroom, you can often find our students participating in Intramural sports or other athletic activities. These provide students with a mental break from the classroom as well as a great opportunity to engage with other law students and have some fun!  Law students participate in intramural sports with the rest of the College, which can heighten the competition, allows for the change to meet people outside of the law school, and provides stress-relief.  These sports range from team sports (such as volleyball, dodgeball, soccer, basketball, softball, and flag football) to a few individual sports (such as tennis and rock climbing).

With a large number of prior collegiate athletes at William & Mary in addition to the competitive nature of law students, our teams often fare well against the undergraduates, but offer some less-competitive avenues as well. Throughout my three years here, I have played on various soccer, basketball, and football teams.  A few of the teams have contended for championships, but with others, we were lucky to just get into playoffs.  Regardless of the success, engaging in intramural sports provided me with a great opportunity to get to know other students and let off a little stress, and most importantly, have fun!  When I entered law school, I was worried whether I would still have time to pay sports (or even go to the gym), but we highly encourage students to get involved in intramural sports and athletic activities alike.  It is nice to know that every time I go to the William & Mary gym I’ll run into another law student and a smiling, familiar face!

Outside of Intramural opportunities, William & Mary Law student organizations, such as the Military and Veterans Law Society, run weekly clubs as well as the Williamsburg Winery and a few other organizations throughout the Williamsburg Community. We also host an annual Faculty-Student Basketball game (as part of Admitted Students Weekend). William & Mary sends a team yearly to the UVA Softball Tournament in April.  Additionally, student groups such as the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Innocence Project have hosted basketball and dodgeball tournaments to raise money for a good cause – another source of engagement and stress relief!

Lastly, while we are not directly on the coast of Virginia, Williamsburg is surrounded by various bodies of water. With the mild-climate in Williamsburg, students will often rent boats, canoes, or paddleboards and get out on the James River or College Creek along the Colonial Parkway.  This offers students with more and diverse opportunities to stay active, relieve stress, and get some Vitamin D!  And, personally being from the coast, I feel that nothing relieves stress better than being out on the water!

Valentine Reflections from Christi and Bryan

Christi Cassel (’08) and Bryan Skeen (’08) live in Atlanta with their two-year-old. They were voted “Cutest Couple” by their brilliant law school class. They celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this year.

BRYAN: Christi was the last law student in our class that I saw.

CHRISTI: And Bryan was one of the first that I saw.

1LsoftballBRYAN: She was, as she so often is, fashionably late to orientation week.

CHRISTI: [rolling eyes] I missed the morning of the first day. Because I was on an airplane, flying in from the South Pacific. I had a good excuse.

BRYAN: That morning, Dean Reveley had mentioned that there was one unnamed student who would be late for orientation. He didn’t say why. Christi was already intriguing and a mystery.

CHRISTI: I went immediately from the airport, disheveled and jet-lagged, to the law school. In the lobby, my roommate introduced me to Bryan.engagement

BRYAN: Despite being disheveled and jet-lagged, she was striking and witty. The intrigue continued. I asked her out.

CHRISTI: And he was sarcastic and had piercing blue eyes. How could I say no? Our first date was to the Fat Canary, the nicest restaurant in Williamsburg. Bryan was clearly trying to impress me.

BRYAN: It must have worked. Two years later, I proposed to her after we’d had another dinner at the Fat Canary.

CHRISTI: In between those two dinners, we didn’t share any law school classes, but we were on the 1L softball team, were Moot Court partners, were on an undefeated fundraising flip-cup team, and shared countless adventures.

BRYAN: There were also lots of other dinners at the Fat Canary. I highly recommend it.

CHRISTI: We got married at The Homestead a few months after graduating, surrounded by lots of William & Mary friends. That was ten years ago.

familyBRYAN: So that’s the secret to happiness: Show up late, go after the disheveled, witty girl, and have lots of expensive meals along the way.

CHRISTI: And go to William & Mary Law School.