The UMBC Club Sports Program
Club Sports are an exciting option for students who want to learn a new sport or continue to test themselves in a competitive environment. Participation in the UMBC Club Sports program is open to all UMBC students. Clubs encourage new members, including those with little or no experience. Joining a Club Sport is a great way to refine skills. Members will not only get to engage other students, but also interact with experienced staff and coaches in settings far removed from the classroom.
The objective of the Club Sport program is the development of successful and quality teams, which focus on enhancing the college experience through teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship, and diversity, while supporting a healthy lifestyle.
UMBC Club Sports does more than provide recreational and competitive activities. Students are active participants in the management of their programs as well. From scheduling and creating by-laws, to managing finances, students take on major leadership roles in making the UMBC Club Sports program successful while working closely with university officials, faculty, and the recreation staff. The Club Sports Council, comprised of representatives from each club sport, provides additional opportunities to develop leadership skills. Recently, members of club teams have been actively involved in local community service, UMBC Green Dot, and fundraising for charitable organizations.
While some Club Sports practice informally once or twice a week, others seek to compete at the regional or national level. Certified instructors and coaches work with these clubs to hone skills and build competitive teams. Through competition, participants will meet students from a wide range of colleges and universities while challenging their abilities. UMBC’s ice hockey club regularly plays teams from Penn State, Virginia Tech, Delaware, and Georgetown. The women’s rugby club has competed against Penn State and the United States Naval Academy.
Participation in Club Sports may also provide opportunities for travel. The UMBC crew club has competed in regattas from the Head of the Charles in Boston to Dad’s Vail in Philadelphia. The UMBC sailing club races in events ranging from King’s Point in New York to Charleston Harbor. In spring, the men’s and women’s volleyball clubs compete in the national tournament in locations like Reno, Nevada and Dallas, Texas, and the UMBC’s wrestling club has hit the mats to compete in National Collegiate Wrestling Association Tournament.
CHUKWUDI “CHUCK” KALU NAMED 2018 LOUIS J. CANTORI CLUB SPORTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Baltimore, Md., October 13th, 2018
For the past 11 years, the Cantori Family has been invited back to campus for the Louis J. Cantori Club Sports Athlete of the Year Award, an award presented annually to a student who participates in club sports and is an outstanding scholar-athlete. This award is presented annually during the Men’s Soccer Homecoming game.
Chukwudi “Chuck” Kalu is currently a sophomore majoring in biological sciences here at UMBC. Last year, as a freshman, Chuck had the most impressive season at the heavyweight class in the 15-year history of UMBC Club Wrestling. Chuck set the heavyweight single season record for wins and winning percentage at 29-11 (0.725), and was the school’s first All-American in the heavyweight class, earning 7th place at the 2018 NCWA Nationals in Allen, Texas.
Chuck is also a high achiever in the classroom, majoring in biology at UMBC while earning a 4.0 GPA last year as well as Academic All-American honors. We look forward to seeing Chuck’s continued leadership on the mat and in the classroom throughout his Retriever career!
NICOLE COUTURIER RECOGNIZED AS AN ACADEMICALLY TALENTED TRANSFER STUDENT
Baltimore, Md., April 25, 2018
Every year, UMBC recognizes two exceptional “Academically Talented Transfer Students” to speak to prospective transfer students in order to showcase some of our most academically successful, and well-rounded students. This year, UMBC chose Nicole Couturier, senior, as one of the students to share her personal journey.
Nicole Couturier transferred to UMBC in the 2015-2016 academic school year while pursuing a chemical engineering degree and balancing her involvement in several student life organizations, including the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers, the Hispanic/Latino Student Union, the Global Brigades, and the Women’s Club Volleyball Team. By involving herself in many different activities, Couturier felt that she was better able to balance out her busy schedule and feel a sense of community and belonging, unlike the age-old cliché of choosing either academic success or social success.
Couturier credits some of her success to the MARC U*STAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) program offered at UMBC, noting that “it provided her with the chance to conduct research in a field she is passionate about, and has been a great guide towards her future aspirations”. She has been able to work in many impressive areas, including the UMBC immunology lab under Dr. Gregory Szeto, with a biomedical engineering team at Cornell, and she is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering after graduation.
Some other student life activities that Couturier took part in included involvement in a service project trip to Nicaragua with the Global Brigades, and travelling to Nationals for three consecutive years with the Women’s Club Volleyball team.
The UMBC Club Sports Program is very proud of Nicole’s accomplishments and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.
KAITLYN HEO NAMED MID-ATLANTIC LEADER OF THE YEAR
Orlando, Fla., April 12, 2018
Kaitlyn Heo has been identified as the Leader of the Year for the Mid-
Atlantic Section of the US Tennis Association for her work with the Tennis On Campus program. Heo,
President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Club Tennis Team, led her team to the 2018
USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship which takes place at the USTA National Campus in
Orlando, Florida April 12-14, 2018. “Kaitlyn is a great ambassador for the Tennis On Campus program in
the Mid-Atlantic Section. She always has a smile on her face, is always encouraging her teammates and
is a wonderful leader both on and off the courts” said Shell Wood, Events Manager of the USTA Mid-
Atlantic Section. Heo has spearheaded important fundraisers for the team to get them to tournaments
and events throughout the year. Teammates note her leadership skills, energy, and love of the sport of
tennis as to why the club team has been so successful. Heo will be presented with the Mid-Atlantic
Tennis On Campus Leader of the Year Award at the Tennis On Campus National Championship by her
teammates and Shell Wood of USTA Mid-Atlantic.
The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing
nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate coed club play. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On
Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 700 college campuses.
Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA and World TeamTennis, the Tennis On Campus
program gives college students the opportunity to build leadership skills, network in a coed sports
environment and compete on a college team without the rigors of playing in a varsity program. With
year-round match play and regional and national championship competition, students maintain active
and healthy lifestyles through their college years.
Club Sports Office
Location: Retriever Activities Center, Room 321
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Kristen Alexander, Assistant Director of Club Sports