30 for 30: An Intramural Dynasty
Cairn University Athletics has made its name through several different NCAA sanctioned programs. Cross Country, baseball, and men’s soccer have all shown relevance in their respective sports. What if I told you that the team with the greatest legacy at Cairn would not be an NCAA team, but instead would reside as an intramural team, and would go on to change the landscape of intramural sports forever?
Enter “Cobe’s Crew™,” founded in November of 2013 by Steve DelGrande, and named after a fellow classmate at Cairn University, Jacob Perkins. Cobe’s Crew has been around for 4 years and has dominated the Cairn University Intramural platform ever since its inception. Since then, “Cobe’s Crew” has accumulated 12 intramural championships in a variety of sports. Whether it be basketball, football, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, ping-pong, bubble soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, tennis, or handball, “Cobe’s Crew” has won at least one championship in each of these sports in convincing fashion.
The founder of “Cobe’s Crew”, Steve DelGrande, had this to say regarding the legacy of what many consider the most dominant intramural team to ever grace the campus of Cairn University, “Cobe’s Crew is about loyalty, commitment, and trust. We have been together since freshman year. A bunch of laid-back, upbeat, handsome men who just wanted to win together. The biggest imprint we have left on Cairn Intramurals is Family. We came into this barely knowing each other, and we will leave a family.” The concept of family is not only held by the founder, as Seth Newell, captain of the “Cobe’s Crew” soccer teams reiterated Mr. DelGrande’s thoughts, “As one of the proud captains of the Cobe’s Crew dynasty, I couldn’t be more proud of what we built here during our time at this school. As an original member, we built our dynasty through Freshman Flag Football and proceeded to dominate every intramural sport Cairn had to offer. We accumulated 12 championships through all sports under the name “Cobe’s Crew.” My niche was captaining the indoor and outdoor soccer teams that brought home championships respectively. It has been a pleasure and an honor being a Cobe’s Crew athlete and captain for these past 5 years. I appreciate each one of my teammates on the various teams!”
Each player that participated in the “Cobe’s Crew” dynasty had his or her own specific roles. Some will be known as big contributors, while others such as Matt McDevitt and the aforementioned Jacob Perkins will be known for their verbal support and humor they brought to the team as a whole. DelGrande had this to say regarding these two stalwarts, “I must thank Jake Perkins, who this team is named after. He has been the most selfless player for us his whole career. Whether it was battling injuries, or simply acknowledging he was not the best player, he always sacrificed for the good of the team. Matt McDevitt was just the person everyone loved to watch because of his body.”
Many of the players who have stuck with “Cobe’s Crew” throughout the past 4 years will be graduating this December, leaving it up in the air as to what will happen to this incredible franchise come Spring semester. However, if this is the last time Cairn University students will get to see “Cobe’s Crew” compete on the intramural platform, they can rest assured that they have witnessed a level of greatness that may never be touched again in the Cairn University Intramural Program.
In Memoriam of Cobe’s Crew Athletes:
Benjamin Stupid Chapman
John Michael Stafford