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

Weekly social media features and monthly drawings for FREE swag for those who complete the survey or share their story with us!

Success Stories

Susan Brunell

"My knees had been bothering me for several years. I was out of shape, overweight, and was very concerned about possible complications from surgery. I decided to try the Sunrise SPIN class and loved it. I gained strength overall and became a healthier...

Jeremy and Katie Hepner

We've always wanted to travel and explore what's out there so we thought why not start with the United States. We also wanted to take this trip sooner rather than later because we aren't really tied to anything right now. 

Marie Bourke

"I participate in Campus Recreation programs because working out is always a great stress reliever and you can never feel worse after a workout. Participating in group exercise classes, triathlon club, and teaching swim lessons helped me stay active...

Kaileigh Hennard

"I have always been passionate about the outdoors and after many small adventures, I decided to travel out west of a few weeks exploring the natural wonders this country as to offer. Through these unplugged experiences, I have been able to gain more...

Joe Bitely

"In my teens & twenties, I was active but definitely wasn't the poster child for good habits. Now that I'm in my 30's, I'm learning that doing things like skipping a warm-up, not stretching, or doing too much too soon have more severe consequences..."

Noah Macomber

"I participate in Intramural Sports because it is a fun way to stay active. It gives me the opportunity to be competitive while playing sports with my friends. I love being able to compete in multiple sports..."

Shelbi Imo

"As a staff member, Campus Recreation guided me towards my career path. When I was hired the beginning of fall semester my freshman year, I came in undecided and had no idea I would now be here as an exercise science student going into my last year of...

Riley Burgess

"I participate in IM sports in order to stay connected with my friends from freshman year! As we've gotten older, we've all gotten more involved in other organizations or within our major, and this allows us to see each other once a week. It's...

Monse Miranda

"Campus Rec has allowed me to fulfill my love for adventure and the outdoors during my time at Grand Valley. Not only do I REC because having an active lifestyle is important but because Campus Rec has given me to opportunity to embark on adventures...

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Page last modified January 31, 2018