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A peek inside basketball culture at on-campus YMCA

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Jacinda Hall
Jamal Brown watches the ball as Lebrian Jones gets ready to make his next move in a casual game of basketball at the Steve Clark YMCA.

While Wichita State has established itself as a Division I basketball school, plenty of students and community members dribble it out for recreational fun in the Steve Clark YMCA on the university’s campus. For aerospace engineering freshman John Fredrick, going to play basketball at the YMCA is all about meeting new people. 

“I don’t meet the same people every day,” Fredrick said. “It gives me different experiences.”

For others, like community member Damacio Traylor, who plays at the YMCA frequently, the courts are a place for some friendly competition. 

“Most of the time when I come to the Y … it’s packed,” Traylor said. “It’s a busy gym; It’s also kind of fun playing.” 

Mikaela Wright, a staff member at the location, echoed Traylor’s point.

“Our courts are usually pretty busy,” Wright said. “I would say they’re probably busiest over the weekends because that’s when a lot of people are more free, and I’d say evening times.”

For former Wichita State student Brayon Loggins, playing basketball gives him a small break from the real world. 

“In the gym, it’s just you and the ball in the court,” Loggins said. “And whoever’s in front of you.” 

Loggins also said that he finds the YMCA community to be diverse in more ways than one. 

“Every time I walk in here, I feel like I see new faces,” Loggins said. “You meet a lot of people; it’s not even just regular people.” 

Wright said that while the Steve Clark YMCA location doesn’t offer basketball programs, the YMCA as a whole offers various programs, such as fall, spring and summer sports. 

The Steve Clark YMCA is located on the Wichita State campus across the street from Wilkins Stadium. The branch is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Jacinda Hall, Podcast Editor
Jacinda Hall is the podcast editor for The Sunflower. Hall is a junior majoring in communications with an emphasis in journalism and minoring in English literature. Her favorite quote is by Kurt Cobain: “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” In her free time, Hall likes to go to the gym, crochet and make fancy beverages. Hall's pronouns are she/her.
Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor
Trinity Ramm is the managing editor and former sports editor for The Sunflower. This is her second year on staff. Ramm is a senior English Lit major and a sociology minor with a certificate in film studies. In her limited spare time, she can be found at the movie theater, browsing some obscure film database or crocheting. Ramm uses she/her pronouns.

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