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Campus Recreation, Athletes and Returning to Activities Amid COVID

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Throughout the past year, Wright State University’s (WSU) Campus Recreation has been creating new ways to keep students engaged and active in a time when staying indoors became the social norm.  

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“We shut down a year ago and had to quickly transition to virtual events,” Program Director for Campus Recreation Billy Willis said. “We did euchre, family feud, trivia and bingo to list a few.”  

WSU’s Campus Recreation additionally searched for new ways to satisfy the fitness needs of the Raider community and did so by providing virtual workout programs that students could access online.  

“I was really proud of how fast everything came together,” Willis said. 

In the fall, the Campus Recreation center was finally able to open again, inviting students back to the fitness center and with it, the opportunity for students to engage in masked, socially distanced, small-group activities.  

Willis noted that recently, WSU’s rock wall is available for use once again, as well as some in-person fitness classes.  

“We’ve been able to do everything indoors safely, and now that the weather is getting nicer the opportunity for activities outside will allow even students to become active and engaged,” Willis said.  

Willis noted that women’s bowling coach Jeff Fleck has been instrumental in coronavirus testing for his athletes.  

“Jeff has been 1,000% on board with all of the safety regulations and making sure that athletes are being tested often. It’s been great to see,” Willis said.  

WSU sophomore bowler Taylor Burns said that she can’t wait for a sense of normalcy to return and misses social interactions with her teammates.  

“In my free time I love to spend time with the girls on the team so it’s been a definite adjustment not being able to carpool, spend time in groups and that sort of thing,” Burns said.  

Burns indicated that she will receive her coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, and looks forward to mitigating the risks of being around her parents and grandparents.  

President’s Comments 

As WSU continues to persevere through unprecedented times, President Sue Edwards acknowledged vaccination as the path to a return to normalcy and encouraged the Raider community to get vaccinated.  

“I encourage all of those who are eligible, to seek a vaccination wherever you can,” Edwards said in the Faculty Senate meeting on Monday.  

“We are currently working with the Ohio Governor’s office as well as the Ohio Department of Health to increase the amount of vaccinations that we can administer through Wright State Physicians,” Edwards said. 

Edwards also noted that Wright State Physicians is currently running vaccination clinics each week on campus, with registration available online or by telephone.  

Nicolas BenVenuto

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