Alternatives to traditional after-school activities
School-sponsored sports and clubs can be excellent outlets to make friends, stay in shape and improve yourself. But what if you can’t shoot a basketball? Are cross country singlets just not your style? You’re in luck because St. Louis is host to various activity groups without scholastic ties.
Founded in 2005, the Arch Rival Roller Girls is the first certified roller derby league in St. Louis. The league consists of six teams: three local teams that compete for a championship and three traveling teams that play across the country. Women over the age of 18 with any skill level are eligible to join after a mandatory three-month training camp. The Arch Rival Roller Girls also participate in local charity events. In the 2015–2016 season, they held frequent ticket raffles and donated all of their proceeds to St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness.
St. Louis is home to an amateur boxing community that has churned out greats
like Sonny Liston, Henry Armstrong, Archie Moore, and the Spinks brothers.
Key factors in that success are the talented, experienced and dedicated coaches and trainers who grew up in the area. Boxing is also a low-budget activity—many of the 22 licensed gyms across the city and county waive the monthly dues, and all gyms provide
gloves and proper headgear. All you need to bring is a mouthguard!
CHARIS (kārĭs), also known as the St. Louis Women’s chorus, is a group open
to all women, focusing on community and self-improvement. The group takes
its name from a Greek word meaning grace and kindness. CHARIS sings
a multitude of genres such as pop, classical, world music and spirituals.
They only perform at venues that are easily accessed by public transit, and
they hold practice weekly. These groups are not affiliated with Webster, but you’re always encouraged to invite your Webster friends and get involved with the community! These sports and activities are sure to keep you engaged all year round.
Story by Caleb Foster
Photo by Christian Lindgren