It's widely known that recreation has its benefits and is important to overall student success, and we'd love to know what that means to you. We want to promote, encourage, and motivate you to keep moving through participant testimonials and stories about why Campus Recreation has impacted them and how it has made a lasting impression. 

  • Why do you participate in Campus Recreation programs & services?
  • How and why do you get involved and stay active? 
  • What motivates you to live healthy? 
  • How has Campus Recreation helped you achieve your goals? 
  • Have you grown through participation in Campus Recreation? 
  • Why are you an advocate for Campus Recreation? 
  • What is your success story?


There are a few ways to let us know how you participate, why you participate, or what Campus Recreation means to you:

  • Submit your response online by clicking on the green button below
  • Share on social media using the hashtag #whyiGVrec

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Success Stories

Julia Fiore

"Campus Rec has impacted my time at Grand Valley. It has allowed me to relieve stress, get healthy, stay in shape, and connect with my best friends through working out. Campus Rec has also given me the opportunity to express my creativity...

Trevor Clevenger

"I transferred to GV my sophomore year from a small university in Ohio. I knew maybe 3-4 people that went to GV, and I didn't really expect to be around many other people to be honest. On the first day of Men's Club Soccer practice here, I had already...


"I have never been an athletic person. I danced almost my whole life but was never good at sports. Taking group exercise classes makes me feel good and gives me a way to simply exercise without the sports aspect and judgement of others! I participate...

Sofia Draper

"I have been overweight my entire life and have battled with eating disorders, weight fluctuations, and poor body image along the way. When I got to GVSU  for graduate school, I was weighing the most I had ever weighed, and I felt completely awful and...

Karlee Tykosky

"I would not be the person I am today without Campus Recreation. As a participant and staff member, Campus Rec has pushed me out of my comfort zone, connected me with community, introduced me to lifelong friends, opened doors of opportunity, and has...

Lindsey DesArmo

"I would not be in my role as Health and Wellness Manager today if it were not for my employment and experiences with GVSU Campus Recreation. My first on campus job as a student was as an event staff position. One day, the Assistant Director at the...

Kayla Malackowski

"Working for campus recreation allowed me to come out of my shell freshman year and find my place on this campus. I participate in Campus Recreation programs to better myself as a person. Beyond the physical aspect, I feel better mentally and...

Melissa Pyle

"My success story is simple. I found a welcoming, non-judgmental place to work out that led me to find another welcoming, non-judgmental place to work out when I left campus for the summer. My life has been significantly healthier in the last five...

Brianna Greenough

"I found my love for Zumba through the Group Ex program during my freshman year. Before that, I would have never even considered going to an exercise class alone, and now I go with or without people because it is for myself. I participate in Zumba and...

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Page last modified January 31, 2018