Basketball is synonymous with UNC. And within UNC Hospitals, this legacy holds true. Passion for the court reverberates through the halls. The employees hunger for it, and UNC Hospitals’ Employee Recreation and Wellness fuels this desire. A tradition now 40 years in the making, the rec. basketball league is as much a part of hospital life as a hip-holstered beeper.
But this isn’t your typical round of rag-tag squads. The employees embrace the league with a fierce competitive intensity. In order to maintain their dominance in the paint, teams waste no time recruiting newly hired talent. Captains remain watchful and alert, scouting fresh faces at pickup games held in Woolen Gym.
The league adds more than stress relief, it’s a point of pride and achievement. Basketball levels the playing field between doctors and staffers alike. And according to Dianne Olmos, the league coordinator, “It’s their league. I try and pretend like I’m in charge…but no, it belongs to the players.”
Winning and losing aside, the league is essential to workforce engagement and fosters cross departmental relationships. “Basketball’s a team sport, just like with work,” says Tyrone Plummer. “You have to have different people in different areas come together as one. Because that’s our common goal. We want to make sure we’re all doing the same thing. And that’s taking care of our patients.”
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