Around the Horn: A Denver Sports Update for Lawyers
by Nicole M. Mundt
s lawyers, it’s a safe generalization that each of us thrives, to some degree, on competition. Not just competition—but winning (insert Charlie Sheen quote here). For many of us, the intellectual competition that comes with the multitude of hours spent arguing with opposing counsel, taking depositions, drafting in-your-face motions, or owning a courtroom, simply isn’t enough. We’re competition junkies, and the intellectual stuff, as fun as it can be, doesn’t make us sweat like some of us need to sweat.
Fortunately, we live in Colorado, where organized activities abound, no matter the season. I grew up in a household where being "bored" was unacceptable and any complaints about boredom were met with a simple response from my parents to "go outside and play." As adults, boredom is rarely a concept in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make more time to get outside and stay active. Who knows, it might even make the time we spend inside more tolerable.
Spring is a great season to get involved, whether it’s training for a triathlon or joining a softball team. Here is a sampling of some of the team sports opportunities happening around town:
CityWide Sports (denvergov.org/parksandrecreation; select Recreation tab; then select CityWide Sports). CityWide
Sports organizes adult teams for softball and flag football. Their softball league, "Softball in the City," has more than 10,000 participants, and leagues run from March to October, with games taking place at a dozen different fields around the city. The flag football league has spring, fall, and winter seasons. Sign up for CityWide’s newsletter for year-round league information.
Denver Sport and Social Club (socialandsportsclub.com; select Denver from the city dropdown). Denver Sport and Social Club offers leagues in billiards, dodgeball, golf, football, soccer, bowling, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, basketball, kickball, water polo, and more. Its website lists the many "free agents" who are looking for teams to join.
Denver Skeeball League (denverskeeballleague.com). Yes, seriously. And this isn’t like the local fair either. This is competition. Teams are guaranteed six weeks of play, and the Sweet 16 Tournament takes place in weeks seven and eight. Breckenridge Brewery hosts the league, and teams play either Monday or Wednesday nights. Each league is capped at 60 players, comprising 20 teams.
KIFAC (kifac.org). KIFAC, the acronym for "Kick In For A Cause," is a great local organization, founded in 2003 by a group of friends looking to start a laid back kickball league, while also contributing a portion of their proceeds to charity. Eight years later, KIFAC is booming, offering leagues for kickball and bowling, as well as many other events, including Oktoberfest, the Flip Flop Ball, the Festivus Crawl, and a Masquerade Ball. KIFAC emphasizes fun over competition and encourages everyone to have a good time by including beer at the weekly games. The organization has been so successful, most leagues are offered almost every weeknight. Kickball games are held at City Park, and the Bowling League takes place at Moe’s Original BBQ and Bowling on South Broadway. You also may register a full team or as an individual.
Sports Monster (sportsmonster.net; select Denver from the city dropdown). Sports Monster is an organization providing team sports leagues in a number of cities across the country. Their Denver organization offers year-round opportunities to participate in different sports such as basketball, bowling, dodgeball, football, kickball, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and wiffleball. The leagues are held at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.
So, whether its water polo, wiffleball, skeeball, or some of the more conventional options, there are many ways to get involved and to be as competitive as you want with your sport of choice. You don’t need to put together an entire team, either. Most leagues allow you to register as an individual and indicate the sport you’re looking to play. There are always teams looking for a few more players, and it’s a great way to get out and meet new people. If nothing else, you can chalk it up to networking and client recruitment (and maybe even bill it under "marketing"). It certainly beats the heck out of joining a Leads Group. D