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

Jacob Gipe

"My success story is simple. I participate in as much as I can at Grand Valley, specifically Campus Rec. I never want to wish I had done something. So I do it instead! I participate in Campus Recreation programs, like Intramural Sports, because they...

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...

Nicole Gustin

"Nursing is not an easy profession, staying engaged in recreational activities not only helps me maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also is a great stress reliever. As a student nurse, it is important to engage in physical activity and promote a...

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...

Deon Evans

"My time with Campus Rec has been amazing. For one, it allowed me to rekindle my passion for massage therapy and has increased my interest in pursuing a side career in it. I have also met a lot of great people...

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...

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...

Sarah Anderson

"I have always had a passion for fitness. I was involved in sports in high school and when I joined the military, fitness was a lifestyle. But when I started coming to school I hung up the running shoes, and my mind and body felt the effects. I wasn't...

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...

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Page last modified January 31, 2018