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

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...

Paige Qualls

"I have always tried to get into working out all of high school but I couldn't get myself to stick to it. Coming to Grand Valley has changed that completely for me. I love our gym because there are so many different options and I can switch up my...

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..."

Robert Zinger

I love the variety of services that Campus Recreation offers, including several wellness campaigns throughout the year. I can work those campaigns into the programming my staff and I offer to our students, which means we get to learn together and keep..."

Terrell Dorsey

My involvement with Campus Recreation has impacted my experience at GVSU because being a new addition to the Campus Rec office, I never realized how much Campus Recreation influenced student retention and experience. GVSU Campus Recreation also...

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...

Hunter Streling

"I came into college not knowing much about personal health and now after being very involved with Campus Recreation, I've learned healthier habits and also made a lot of connections along the way. I participate in Campus Recreation programs to...

Julia Rauch

"I worked out throughout high school, but once I came to college I was suddenly terrified to go to the Rec Center. Once I finally went, I stumbled across the group exercise classes and became hooked....

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..."

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Page last modified January 31, 2018