Grand Valley State University's Club Sports teams have a long history of excellence. With a streak of at least one National Championship every year dating all the way back to 2004, winning has become a staple of the programs, but that is far from all they have to offer.
Take for example the Rowing team. When asked what the team culture is like, the team's President said "Our team really is like a family, I have met all of my close friends in college through the club. We are a very upbeat and driven group of individuals, who strive to be not only the best athletes but the best teammates." That culture is what drives this multi-time National Championship program. The strong bonds of the team are a huge draw for people of any background. The team prides itself on welcoming anyone with open arms, striving to find a place for anyone who is interested whether they have experience or not. With this strong culture, they have also been able to experience one of the most unique opportunities Club Sports has to offer, with goals of reaching it again.
One of the main goals of the team is to get back to the Henley Royal Regatta. When they achieve this goal, members of the team embark on a trip to England to compete in the regatta, where they face off against some of the best teams in the world. The Henley Royal Regatta is the most well-known regatta in the world, making it an incredible event to be a part of. The team also strives to continue expanding its alumni network to open up more incredible and unique opportunities.
Along with the team's goals of reaching England again, they also get to experience some of the best areas West Michigan has to offer. With practice taking place on the Grand River, rowers get to explore incredible scenery and uncover some of the best-hidden gems the environment has to offer.
With over 40 sports available in total, Club Sports has something to offer for everyone. Whether you are looking to scratch that competitive itch, find a team with a rich background of success, create memories that last a lifetime, or anything in between, Grand Valley's Club Sports is the perfect place to look.
Written by Trent Barker, GVSU Student