Telling your story is powerful - to us, to others, and to you. Plus, it's widely known that recreation has its benefits and is important to student success and overall well-being, and we'd love to know what that means to you (or how we've helped you achieve that)! 

We want to promote, encourage, and motivate you to keep moving through testimonials and stories about why Recreation & Wellness has impacted them and how it has made a lasting impression. 

Share your story to be featured on social media or entered into monthly drawings for FREE swag!

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Participant Stories

John Offerman Spotlight

John Offerman

"I have a passion for fitness, meeting new people, and making a positive impact upon others by sharing the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. Working within the Campus Recreation department provides me with the opportunity to do all of..."

Liz Chase Spotlight

Liz Chase

"I believe, for me, there is a real mind-body connection and when I am physically active my mind is clearer. The Campus Recreation group classes are my favorite way to work out. The instructors are superb, classes are not too long, and I always feel..."

Kristi Cooper Spotlight

Kristi Cooper

Both the #GVLakerStrong Activity Challenge and audiobooks from the library motivated me to be a little more active than normal. I've also discovered new places to hike, bike, & play pickle ball.

Allison Stears Spotlight

Allison Stears

"I came to college looking for a way to continue being physically active (I've been a dancer for 17 years). I instantly found Group Exercise as my home and a way to get stronger (physically and mentally). I learned that being "fit" means...

Mitchell Anderson Spotlight

Mitchell Anderson

IM Sports is fun way to blow off steam and have some fun with other people. It is nice to burn calories and have fun; it's a good time, but playing with friends is the best part. Winning is fun obviously, but having a good time in general is fun.

Andrew Gilgallon Spotlight

Andrew Gilgallon

"I was a captain on the D3 Hockey team from 2007-2011 (my 4 years at GVSU). After that, I stayed through 2012 as an Assistant Coach. Our team was special, I can tell you that. From youth hockey through Junior hockey and College, Ive never been part..."

Kathryn Carey Spotlight

Kathryn Carey

"I have always been really active in the outdoors, but I have never had a community of people to enjoy doing those things with all the time. I have gained some really great friends who share the same passions and hobbies as..."

Layna Buthker Spotlight

Layna Buthker

"College can be stressful, and having an option to work out on the downtown campus where I lived made a huge difference in my experience. Having an outlet to move your body completely changes your college experience! Participation is key. Having..."

Nicole Andriot Spotlight

Nicole Andriot

"Coming into college as a freshmen is kind of terrifying about the beginning. But with Campus Rec it allows you to try many different things that you never would have thought and allows you to find something you love and can help make the transition..

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