The Intramural Executive Board introduced the Beaver Cup in the fall of 2016 under the leadership of President Alex Dalzell ‘17. The Exec Board created the new initiative in hopes to encourage interaction and excitement among IM teams that stem from the same group but compete in different sports. Eligible participants in the Beaver Cup (Affiliated groups) are awarded points for winning different leagues throughout the year. The group with the highest cumulative score at the conclusion of the academic year is crowned the Beaver Cup Champion.
“More than anything, we hope the Beaver Cup gives people a reason to be more excited about Intramurals. The idea is that the Beaver Cup will give our participants an excuse to play more often or try a new sport, it will give them something to talk about and look forward to with their friends, and ultimately, it will let them have more fun while they’re playing. When you think about mental health and campus culture, I think this really augments the role of Intramurals to give people a low-stress, recreational outlet that they can share with their friends.” – Alex Dalzell, IM Exec Board President ’16-17
The tangible Beaver Cup was built in May 2017 at MIT’s own Hobby Shop by Director Hayami Arakawa and Associate Instructor Coby Unger. The winning group’s name will be engraved on the cup each year, immortalizing that group and allowing their achievement to be on display until a new winner is crowned the following year!