Here is a list of some sports George Fox should consider sponsoring. Now, I should note that the last time I checked NCAA’s list of sports (which was probably some time ago), none of these were listed. But nonetheless, I think we would do just fine to have some Bruins outfitted in these sports. Here they are (in no particular order):
This is polo, but with elephants. For those of you unaware of polo, it’s like soccer/field hockey on horses. Elephant polo is like that, but with elephants. It’s most popular in Nepal and Thailand, but I’m sure we could pick the sport up quickly. Three elephants on a team at one time, so I figure George Fox would need to invest in at least five adult elephants (luckily, the Portland Zoo has that many). Maybe more . . . since I doubt many other colleges have resident polo-playing elephants!
Kabaddi is basically tag. Its major difference is that it’s played by adults. Popular in Southern Asia, the sport consists of two teams sending their “raider” to chase the opponents. The raider scores points by tackling as many opponents as she can while holding her breath and saying “kabaddi” over and over. There are probably many more intricacies that I don’t understand because George Fox doesn’t have a team.
3. Sepak Takraw
Also popular in South Asia, sepak takraw is volleyball mixed with soccer. Players use their feet, knee, chest and head to knock the 16 inch ball over the 5 foot net. It could easily be played in the gym and teams are made up of only three on-court players (making it easy to start a team). I was excited to see that a UC school has a team, but then I realized it was the University of the Cordilleras in the Philippines and not a University of California School. So travel might be costly.
4. Chess Boxing
This isn’t a team sport, but it combines both athletics and academics with six rounds of chess and five of boxing. Chess boxers need to be able to think cognitively about chess while preparing for the physicality of boxing. It’s basically the perfect mesh of the college campus. It’s gaining popularity in Europe, but I don’t see why George Fox needs to wait. Let’s think ahead of the curve.
5. Jai Alai
This is a fast sport. I’m talking nearly 200mph fast. Top jai alai players send the pelota much faster than a tennis or racquetball, two sports quite similar. Players take turns hurdling the pelota at a wall to make their opponent mess up to score points. It’s not very popular in the United States (the sport’s stomping grounds are in the Basque region between Spain and France), but why should that stop George Fox from starting a program?