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As we close out another exciting season of Intramural Sports in Duke Rec & P.E., we can't help but reminisce about the electrifying atmosphere of past championship nights held in the iconic Cameron Indoor Stadium. Due to unforeseen circumstances, this year we were unable to secure Cameron Indoor for the basketball championship night. While we dearly missed the thrill of competing on the iconic Coach K Court, we believe it's important to celebrate the stories and successes that have graced its floors in years past. One such remarkable tale comes from the spring 2023 intramural basketball season, where a team of Intramural Free Agents known as Toothpaste., captured the hearts of spectators and competitors alike as they battled their way to a championship game in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

A Free Agent in Intramural Sports is a person who wants to participate in a team sport but is unable to form a team or is looking for a team to join. Intramural Sports thrive on the spirit of teamwork, camaraderie, and friendly competition; however, not everyone arrives at Duke University with a ready-made team to join. That's where the concept of a 'Free Agent' comes into play.

Free agents have multiple avenues to join a team. They can register themselves as 'Free Agents' within sport offerings on IMLeagues or browse IMLeagues and reach out to existing team captains in hopes of finding a spot on a team. Conversely, team captains can also scout through the Free Agent lists and extend invitations to players who fit their team's needs. In some cases, if there are enough free agents to compose a full roster and a team spot is available, the Intramural Sports Office might create a Free Agent team, ensuring that everyone who wants to participate has the opportunity to do so.

Ultimately, being a Free Agent is about embracing the opportunity to connect with others who share a passion for sports, regardless of prior affiliations or team dynamics. It's a chance for individuals to step onto the field or court, forge new friendships, and experience the thrill of intramural competition firsthand.

Comprised of Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy first-years, Toothpaste. embodied the true essence of teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship. Their journey to the championship game was not only a testament to their skills on the court but also to the bonds they forged off it. At the helm of Toothpaste. was Shrikanth Muralidharan, a Master of Engineering Management student who found himself drawn to the infectious energy of the DPT students during the fall volleyball season. Recounting his experience, Shrikanth states, "Toothpaste. is not your average team. They are a group of spirited Duke DPT first-years who know how to play hard and have fun."

During the intramural basketball season, Toothpaste. hit the court every Monday at 8:30 pm, leaving behind the stresses of grad school to embrace the thrill of competition. Amidst the highs and lows of the season, one thrilling moment stood out for Shrikanth – Bryan’s buzzer-beater in the semifinal game, propelling Toothpaste. to the championship game and igniting a frenzy of jubilation among teammates.

Reflecting on their journey, Shrikanth emphasizes the transformative power of Duke Rec and P.E.’s Intramural Sports program, "Participating in Intramural Sports is an excellent way to stay active, relieve stress, and make new friends in school. It's a break from the academic rigors that can consume our lives and an opportunity to maintain a healthy work-life balance. You can also connect with students from different backgrounds and cultures and learn from their experiences. Overall, Intramural Sports are a valuable and rewarding experience for any student looking to stay active, make new friends, and create lifelong memories."

The story of team Toothpaste. serves as a beacon of inspiration for all students, especially those who may hesitate to participate in Intramural Sports due to the lack of a team. As Free Agents, Toothpaste. proved that with passion, perseverance, and a willingness to embrace the unknown, anything is possible.

Intramural Sports offer more than just physical activity – it is a gateway to personal growth, community building, and lifelong friendships. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a newcomer to the game, there’s a place for you within Intramural Sports. For Shrikanth, “Duke's Intramural Sports program does more than just foster a competitive spirit. It's a way to leave your worries behind and connect with your teammates. It's a chance to learn a new sport, give your best effort, and create lasting bonds. Whether you win or lose, what matters most is the camaraderie, shared experiences, and memories that you create with your teammates.”

So, as the echoes of Toothpaste.’s triumph fade into the halls of Cameron Indoor Stadium, let their story be a reminder that greatness knows no boundaries, and the journey to success often begins with a single step onto the court. As we look ahead, let their story inspire us to embrace the opportunities for connection, growth, and camaraderie that await us on and off the court.