Greetings WIU community!,
If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Thanksgiving Break starts tomorrow! Here at Campus Recreation, we would like to first and foremost wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday break. Also, for those of you who will still be here in Macomb until Thanksgiving Day, we would like to share with you our Student Recreation Center hours for next week:
Friday, November 22: SRC: 5:30 AM – 7 PM; Aquatics Center: 5:30 AM – 7:45 AM
Saturday, November 23: SRC:8 AM – Noon; Aquatics Center: 9 AM – 11 AM
Sunday, November 24: SRC: 10 AM – 2 PM; Aquatics Center: 11 AM – 1 PM
Monday, November 25 – Wednesday November 27: SRC: 6 AM – 7 PM; Aquatics Center 6 AM – 8 AM; 11 AM – 1 PM; 4 PM – 6 PM
The Student Recreation Center will be closed Thursday, November 28 through Saturday, November 30 and will resume regular hours starting on December 1.
Lastly, we would like to encourage you all to have a healthy break as well and if you would like some healthy holiday eating tips, we have some!:
1.) Don’t skip a meal to save room for the big one!
2.) Offer to bring a healthier option as a dish, such as poultry.
3.) Avoid excess alcohol and snacks.
4.) Select small portions.
5.) Eat slowly to aid in digestion.
6.) Leave the table when you’re done to avoid further temptation.
We look forward to seeing all of you back after break to finish out the semester strong! Once again, have a safe, healthy and enjoyable Thanksgiving Break!
The above quote was the theme of this year’s 2nd Annual Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk that was held this past weekend on Saturday, November 2. We as a University community came together and did in fact honor all of the fallen soldiers by providing such a great turnout. The opening ceremony was heartfelt and moving as we honored two WIU alumni, Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin who passed away with honor while in combat. Furthermore, we had 457 registered runners, with timing chips being given to more than 350 participants. We were astounded to find out that over $11,000 was raised that will go to a Veterans scholarship fund for WIU Veterans obtaining a degree. The winner of the 5K was Ben Houston with a blazing time of 16:15. Ben was even sporting a USA tanktop as he was pacing the pack. Congratulations Ben! We would like to thank everyone who ran and walked in the 5K and truly appreciate your contributions. We would also like to thank everyone who volunteered to help make this event possible. Once again, thank you and GOD BLESS AMERICA!
More pictures of the event can be seen soon by visiting Western Illinois University’s Rec Event page: https://www.facebook.com/WIUCampusRecSpecialEvents?fref=ts.
In the coming weeks, we here at WIU Campus Recreation are preparing for some pretty fun events, new and old. This week we are having our Health & Fitness Fair on Wednesday, October 23, featuring many different organizations around campus that promote living a healthy lifestyle, which runs through most of the day. Next week on Wednesday, October 30th, our Outdoor Pursuits program is hosting our 1st Annual Pumpkin Launch at Vince Grady fields (IM fields) at 4 PM. What sounds more fun than launching pumpkins to see who can launch them the farthest..and for FREE?!? On Saturday, November 2 of next week, we are hosting our annual Indoor Triathlon and our 2nd Annual Fallen Soldiers 5K Run. The Indoor Triathlon requires completing a 425 meter swim, 10 mile bike ride and 2 mile run. Sign up here http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/campus_recreation/fitness/indoor_triathlon/index.php. The Fallen Soldiers 5K will be a 3.1 mile race around campus with all of the proceeds from registration and t-shirts going to a scholarship fund for WIU Veterans. Sign up sheets can be found in the Rec Center and around campus. Sign up by this Friday, October 25 for advanced pricing of $25. We encourage everyone on campus to attend and/or participate in these events and hope to receive great turn outs for all of our events. Have a great day all!
Last week, we hosted our 13th Annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament here at Campus Recreation. Furthermore, we are proud to say that it was yet another successful year in the fight against Breast Cancer. For starters, there were 1,236 players that signed up to play on 166 teams. That stat in of itself is amazing! Due to a great turnout, we were able to raise $9,084 from registrations, t-shirt orders and donations. We were even able to eclipse the $100,000 mark throughout the 13 years that Big Pink Volleyball has been played here at Western Illinois University. The overall winning team were “The Diggas” (shown below on the right), who came out of the Independent Bracket. Congratulations to “The Diggas” and a big THANK YOU goes out to all of those who participated and supported our 13th Annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament. Lastly, as tradition we split the funds that we made in have to be donated to the McDonough County District Hospital and to the Susan G. Komen Fund. The check presentation to the McDonough County District Hospital occurred last Thursday and can be seen below on the left. The Susan G. Komen check presentation will occur in December. Once again, THANK YOU to all of those who participated!
Well Ladies & Gentleman, registration for Big Pink Volleyball has officially closed as of 4:30 PM yesterday. As a result, we currently have 166 teams signed up for the Big Pink Volleyball Tournament that starts next Monday, September 23rd. Furthermore, we have currently raised $6,180 that will go to the McDonough County District Hospital and the Susan G. Komen Fund. Now, the only way we can raise donation dollars is through T-Shirt sales and outright donations. T-Shirts will be sold through October 1 and can be seen below. The short sleeve shirts are $12 and the long sleeve shirt is $15. We hope that many of you will visit the Student Recreation Center all throughout next week to watch the action and to donate to our cause. Have a wonderful day.
At Western Illinois University Campus Recreation, we pride ourselves on offering an activity that can be played by everyone on campus and that can help a great cause, such as breast cancer. This activity is none other than BIG PINK VOLLEYBALL! Over the years, we have had HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE PLAY to CONTRIBUTE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS that have been donated to the McDonough County District Hospital and the Susan G. Komen Fund. Even though Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn’t until October, this year we are hosting the 13th Annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament a little earlier than usual this year. Our Big Pink Volleyball Kickoff is scheduled for this Thursday, September 12 from 7 PM to 9 PM. Present your ID and play for FREE! Friday the 13th is the last day of early registration, where you can receive a prize for registering early and next Tuesday, September 17 is the absolute last day to register for Big Pink Volleyball. Play starts on Monday, September 23 and goes through Thursday, September 26. As you can tell, the next couple of weeks will be quite festive and busy due to our strong commitment to Big Pink Volleyball. More information & registration forms can be found in the Student Recreation Center and online. All you have to do is follow this link to find everything you need online: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/wellness/bigpinkvball.php
We encourage all of you to sign up, have fun and support a great cause!
Greetings from Campus Recreation!
As this is the first blog post of the new semester, it is just too appropriate to say that we are off to a great start to the academic year! In the past week, we have experienced solid attendance numbers to fitness classes, the aquatics center and even just the entire facility itself. In fact, we amassed some of our highest numbers to recent memory of facility usage in the past two days. Heck, we’ve already crowned some intramural champions to go along with all of this excitement! Therefore, it is important that we keep this excitement up to give the WIU Community the most enjoyable experience as possible when participating in our programs and services. To join in the excitement, visit our webpage at wiu.edu/campusrec or come stop by to see for yourself of all of the programs and services that we offer! Have a great day!