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

Bryan Bickford

"I REC for two reasons: First, as a staff member it's a really convenient way to relieve stress and get the blood flowing in the middle of the day. Exercise -- whether I run, play basketball, or do yoga -- clears my mind, gives me time to think, and...

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...

Hannah Stoliker

"Being active allows me to say yes to new adventures. When family and friends ask me to go backpacking, hike a new trail, or bike a new route, I don't want my health to be the thing that keeps me from saying yes. Valuing fitness and wellness gives me...

Malia Childress

"Going to the gym has become a lifestyle for me. Surrounding myself with positive people that push me to work hard is my key to success. I participate in Campus Rec programs and services because I enjoy working out and feeling like I've accomplished...

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...

Kevin Hoffheins

"Coming from a background of multiple competitive sports and constantly keeping busy physically, I struggled to find positive outlets for a number of years. Participating in Rec programs gave me that outlet and brought me back to a place in which...

Karmen Johnson

"Working with Campus Recreation has allowed me to meet many new people and gain experience in networking. I also enjoy participating in group exercise classes to help me to maintain accountability and stay motivated. Campus Rec has allowed me to grow...

Connor Montgomery

"Campus Recreation has given me the opportunity to pursue my passions as a member of Grand Valley's community and as a professional. My time as a student was improved with regular physical activity thanks to the Rec Center gym, opportunities to...

Dexter Earney

I REC because it changes lives. A few years ago, I never would've believed that I would someday be an instructor for group exercise, but with the Rec I lost a ton of weight, learned to live a healthier and more positive lifestyle, found that exercise...

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Page last modified January 31, 2018