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Recreation, Fitness & Wellness, Student Clubs & Associations

USF has a snowboarding club?

Snowboarders on a slope

The University of South Florida is now playing host to a new, and rather unlikely, club: the Bulls Ski and Snowboard club.

“I’ve been wanting to put this together for a while now,” said David Davis, a senior majoring in electrical engineering and founder of the club. Even though Davis lives in Florida, he started skiing at the age of nine and has been active in the sport for 15 years.

Students searching for the club on Blackboard will run into one little hitch. It is technically a special interest group, not a sports club. According to Davis, club sports are strongly encouraged to have insurance coverage for all members. That and a few other requirements seemed impractical with a snow sport in the Sunshine State.

The main objective of the club is not only to get people together with similar interest in snow sports, but also to coordinate a weekend trip up north to officially participate. With enough members, the group intends to plan a road trip and split costs in gas while also getting a group rate on gear and hotel rooms and a package deal on lift tickets. The destination: North Carolina.

As a special interest group, the club can hold fundraisers to help pay for the trip and possibly be reimbursed by the University for some of the costs. Davis said he regrets not starting the group sooner and applying for school funding.

“It takes about 14 weeks to get school funding,” he explained, and by the time it goes through the season will be over.

Davis is also planning a personal trip to Canada.

“I’m going to Calgary and anybody’s welcome to come with me,” he said. “I’ve got a place to stay, so you’ve just got to pay for your flight. It’s going to be a $1,200 trip so it’s hard to get interest in it, but it’s going to be fun.”

Even though the Ski and Snowboard club was just activated January 15,  it already has 24 members and the requests to join are surprisingly steady.

“I get about two or three Blackboard requests a week, or students will just email me,” said Davis.

The groups first meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Marshall Center, Room 3708. An official website is currently in the works so a Facebook fan page is being used to inform members about future meetings.

If you are interested in joining, or if you have any questions about the Bulls Ski and Snowboard club, Davis can be reached at .


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