Column: Share the love

Imagine NCAA sanctioned sports and club sports as fraternal twins.

They share 50 percent of the same DNA, but there are visible differences which aid in distinction.

Those differences mostly fall under technicalities and surface-level differences.

In the way fraternal twins can be easily differentiated because of their faces, the two sports can be by their organizational systems.

Their similarities, however, fall where it matters — on the inside.

The spirit of sport is alive in both regards. The players work and train with a season goal in mind.

Now, imagine the student body as the parents of these beautiful, bouncing twins.

They’ve both grown throughout the years and it has become noticeable that one is a little more popular with their peers.

Do the parents play favorites? Maybe.

Should the parents play favorites? No.

So why, as the parents, does the student body seem to forget to acknowledge they have a healthy, thriving club-sport twin?

The men’s rugby team is headed to nationals this  spring. They started  a GoFundMe to help pay the way.

The team could use support monetary or otherwise. Parental love and support is more important than an allowance, but in this case, it seems the players have done enough chores to earn it.

The quidditch team narrowly missed qualifying for the U.S. Quidditch Cup, but still they have a home match this spring and will meet other strong teams in the Consolation Cup.

There are two ultimate frisbee teams. The women’s team is the first and only women’s club sport.

Club soccer started this school year. It’s new and it’s trying to get its name out there to gain a following and strong membership.

Parents shouldn’t ignore the popular twin just because they’re popular, but by that same logic, they can’t ignore the less popular one because they’re not popular.