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When you are trying to create and launch a new Club Sport, it doesn't hurt when you have the best possible resources available in your backyard.
For the Team Handball Club, those resources included Olympian and Hall-of-Famer Reita Clanton and renowned sport educator in the Kinesiology Department, Dr. Peter Hastie.
Throw in the fact that Auburn won the bid to serve as the host site for the USA Team Handball Residency Program, and you have a perfect combination of talent, resources and determination to make creating a club that much more attainable.
Maurice Godwin, President of the Team Handball Club, said that once he learned that Auburn would be a host site for the Residency Program, creating and launching a club was a no-brainer.
"The School of Kinesiology and Campus Recreation were extremely supportive of our efforts to launch the Team Handball Club," Godwin said.
Godwin said several students that tried out for Team USA Handball also showed up to the first meeting and practice.
One of those students, Ryan Norman, said that the opportunity to see an Olympian team up-close and personal is a dream of his.
"As an athlete I always dreamed of being apart of something that had to do with the Olympics," Norma said, adding that Team Handball can explode on-campus once students see how exciting it is.
Godwin wants to inform those that may not have heard of Team Handball just what it encompasses.
"It involves everything we've ever done as Americans growing up: running, jumping, throwing, catching, and scoring goals in a net. It's fast-paced and incredibly addicting," Godwin said.
So what do you need to do to get involved with the Team Handball Club?
"First, they should visit the Team Handball Club AU Involve webpage to learn about the club and request membership," Godwin said, adding that those interested have a chance to become "Player-Members" of the Team Handball Club.
Godwin also said there will be both a men's and women's Team Handball Club.
An initial meeting and practice was held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. With more than a dozen interested students showing up, Godwin is excited about the future practices and the opportunities for the Club.
As president, I would like to see the Club have a strong presence on campus even though it's our first year. I think we have enough athletes on campus to fill both a Men's team and Women's team, and to be competitive in all the tournaments and games we will participate in," Godwin said.
For more information on Team Handball and being a part of the Club, contact Joe Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maurice Godwin at email@example.com.