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Rec facility users March 1- March 31

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April 2009

Group Exercise Offers Instructor Training Course

participants in the Carolina Crush climbing competition

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During the last weekend in March, seven students As someone interested attended the Group Exercise Basic Instructor Training Course. The course, offered once per in group exercise, the semester, is designed to introduce attendees to the training solidified my basic skills required of an instructor and to facilitate passion! I learned their decision of whether to pursue becoming a valuable information group exercise instructor. Attendees are also exposed to continuing education opportunities, such and can’t wait to take as national certifications, and encouraged to apply the next step for a position on the group exercise team. -Mary Ellen USC Graduate Student Rachel, a USC freshman, says of the course, “This course was a great way to see if you’re fit to become an instructor. It really shows you all the hard work instructors do.” Another attendee, Mary Ellen, is a graduate student at the University and is preparing for the ACE national certification. “As someone interested in group exercise, the training solidified my passion! I learned valuable information and can’t wait to take the next step.”

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Two intramural basketball teams, one men’s and one women’s, represented the University of South Carolina at this year’s Quaker State 3v3 Basketball Tournament, March 13-15 in Tampa, Fla. The two teams were selected by winning a tournament held at the Blatt PE Center on Feb. 7. The men’s team, which consisted of Michael Klein, Adam Mefford, Marcus Nellems, and Preston Panicco, were eliminated from the tournament after two heartbreaking losses. The total number of points separating the two games was a mere three points. Nonetheless, team captain, Michael Klein, spoke for his teammates in praising the tournament by saying, “If we could sell this experience we’d all be millionaires.” The women’s team fared better, advancing to the semifinal game before falling to the returning champs from Louisiana State University. The team consisted of captain Lydia Greene, Mary Jo Yee, Channing Cantrell, and Traci Barrilleaux. Greene found the experience to be “incredible…to compete with the best teams in the SEC and see how you match up was truly a fun and unique experience.” The graduating senior wishes she had another opportunity to experience the tournament again. Participants were given free hotel accommodations, free tickets to the SEC basketball tournament, and the chance to play basketball against the best from other SEC schools, all in sunny and warm Tampa, Fla. Not a bad way to conclude spring break!

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Adventure Week Combines Competition, Entertainment and Learning

Outdoor Recreation combined competition, entertainment, and learning during the first annual Adventure Week March 21-27. The week began with Carolina Crush, Outdoor Recreation’s first climbing competition. There were 30 climbers, lots of spectators and six wonderful prize packages given away, as well as a variety of great door prizes. The event was sponsored by Outdoor Recreation and Half Moon Outfitters, a local outdoor store. The event was coordinated by Derek DeBruin, Outdoor Recreation’s Climbing Wall Manager. The Climbing Wall Breakfast Club held another successful event on Monday, when students got some climbing time bright and early in the morning, outside of normal open climbing wall hours. The first ever Kayak Polo game took place in the natatorium at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center and received positive feedback from those involved. Wednesday, Outdoor Recreation and Half Moon Outfitters sponsored the Banff Mountain Film Festival; University of South Carolina students and members of the Columbia community met in the Russell House Theater to view adventure, travel, and cultural films. The event was sold out, and all proceeds from ticket sales directly benefited the Columbia branch of the Nature Conservancy. A professional from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) located in Lander, Wy., visited Outdoor Recreation on Thursday to demonstrate ways to enrich the camping experience. Outdoor Recreation’s student staff attended a class that highlighted topics including how to bake bread in the backcountry. This was followed up with a presentation about NOLS. Friday’s itinerary included a Survival Clinic, during which students learned how to survive in emergency situations in the backcountry; participants left with knowledge about building emergency shelters, using solar stills for collecting water, starting a fire in the rain and other tips on surviving in the wild.

Outdoor Recreation Starts Strom Sustainability

At the beginning of March, Outdoor Recreation initiated the Strom Sustainability program in the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Outdoor Recreation identified a need to recycle plastic bottles and paper used at the facility and developed a program to address it. Ivey Kaiser, Outdoor Recreation’s Office and Equipment Manager, spearheaded this initiative, taking a cue from the sustainability programs at the Green (West) Quad. As this issue is very important to their mission, Outdoor Recreation is proud of the success of the program; 84 gallons of paper and 195 gallons of plastic were recycled March 3-31.
For further information call 803.576.9375 The University of South Carolina is an equal opportunity institution.
Campus Recreation/Department of Student Life/Division of Student Affairs and Department of Academic Support/University of South Carolina.

University of South Carolina Campus Recreation 1000 Blossom Street Columbia, SC 29208

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