Passion Beyond the Game

Angel Horowitz, Sports Director

I know I’m not the only one that’s heard the phrase, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I’m one of the lucky ones who consider my workplace a second home and my coworkers extended family. Cheers, referee whistles, high fives, concentrated faces, victory smiles, looks of defeat…who wouldn’t want to work in a place with such a fun, high-energy atmosphere?

I think it’s sometimes forgotten that people who work in recreation are not making millions of dollars. If we’ve decided to dedicate our lives to this industry, it’s because we truly love what we do. When I was a freshman in college, I took a recreation management class. I will never forget the one specific day that gave me my purpose in life. Our professor went around the room and asked everyone to say their favorite memories. Everyone in the class shared stories ranging from going to professional sporting events, to family vacations, to playing in recreational leagues, etc. Once everyone had spoken, our professor looked at all of us and said, “This is why we exist.” Everyone kind of looked at him puzzled, so he further explained, “Everything that was just mentioned is inclusive of recreation and/or sports management in some form or fashion. We exist to give people their best memories.”

There is no greater feeling than being told by one of the players from the Over 30 League that their soccer game is the one thing they truly look forward to every week. I love seeing teams that just played against each other come together in the lounge for a cold brew after running around for 40 minutes. Sport is a universal language, and there is no greater feeling than being able to bring all different types of people together weekly in a fun, competitive, healthy setting. Our leagues give people the opportunity to escape reality for at least an hour of their week. They’re surrounded by teammates that support them, opponents that challenge them, and a game that you can’t help but fall in love with.

We are proud to offer the opportunity for anyone and everyone, regardless of skillset, to be able to participate in our leagues. Hope to see you on the field!