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

Aine Spotlight


I participate in IM Sports because it is a good way to meet other people and to spend time that is not just in studying or school stuff. My favorite part is meeting new people and socializing.

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...

Maddy Berridge Spotlight

Maddy Berridge

"I REC because I have high anxiety and high levels of physical activity help me through that. Through GVSU Recreation, I have made long lasting friends and have been able to handle my anxiety better. This also helps me focus...

Trevor Clevenger Spotlight

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...

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.

Genevieve Wisby Spotlight

Genevieve Wisby

"UFit has definitely enhanced my experience at GVSU. Being involved in UFit has bridged a gap I didn't really know existed. It has made me feel more connected to GVSU by allowing more to spend all of my time on the Pew campus or at home through..."

Kyle Meade Spotlight

Kyle Meade

"I played sports all through high school, so the weight room wasn't something new to me. However, learning the science behind exercise and diving deeper into nutrition helped me lose 30 lbs and become stronger and healthier. Completing my internship...

Miller Johnson Spotlight

Miller Johnson

"Recreation & Wellness has been an amazing way to stay active and make me feel like I'm accomplishing something. Intramural Sports have also allowed me to continue to play sports I love and meet new people through those..."

Eric Garvelink Spotlight

Eric Garvelink

"Unplugging from technology allows me to be in the moment with the ones I love. I unplug during dinner and during trips to be in the moment with my wife, Olivia, and give her my complete attention. Putting down my phone or shutting off all alerts and..."

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