Free Yates Classes Fall 2017

My Yates LRED Experience

The last time I had held a tennis racket was at 9 years old, when all the other kids were also beginners. A time when smacking a ball in bad form over the net warranted applause, an age when your parents were still able to convince themselves that this could be the sport for you despite lack of “natural talent”. A few years down the line, however, my mom had me enrolled in the swim team, a sport I had some minimal skill in while my tennis racket was banned to the dusty depths of my closet.

Even though I stopped playing tennis, I still held onto my love for the sport. I reserved my free time during the last 2 weeks of August and the first week of September to pool into watching the U.S. Open. These were my last weeks of freedom before school started so I spent them doing what I enjoyed most.

Heading into college, I decided that I wanted to relearn this beloved sport of mine, no matter how terrible I was at it. I knew I would likely be embarrassed and that all of my friends who played tennis would be much better. I realized, however, that the tennis classes did not come with my membership and then was unwilling to pay for my own embarrassment.

However, spring semester of freshman year, I discovered the Leisure & Recreation classes through one of my older friends. When tennis was on the list, I jumped at the chance. Still afraid of mortifying all those around me with my complete inability, I dragged one of my friends to the class and convinced her to just go to the first one with me.

During the first class, I realized that I wasn’t the only one who was a real beginner. It was extremely different compared to my other experiences at Georgetown where my introductory French class was half made up of kids with years of French experience under their belt, and my U.S. Political Systems class where it seemed everyone had known the ins and outs of the government before they could walk. No, here was a class where the other students also swung their rackets in strange ways and got smacked in the face with balls they had mis-predicted. It was a place where people really did come to improve and learn, not just to show off their skill. By the end of the class, my friend, who I had forced to come saw that I was comfortable and merrily went on her way to enroll in the racquetball class instead.

My class only had 4 students so we all became rather friendly. One of our classmates was a graduate student and I know her and her tennis partner would practice outside of class almost every week. Moreover, the teacher I had, Kathleen Collins-Bell, was extremely patient. I was pretty hard on myself when I made a mistake but she coached me through it, always ready with a tip of improvement. Each class we ran through drills in the beginning, played each other at the end, and practiced serving if we had time. I looked forward to each class, re-learning a sport, counting it as my daily exercise, and meeting new people who I still say hi to today.

What Others Have to Say:

Chas Kennedy who teaches the introductory golf course cites forming personal connections with the students as his favorite part of the job. “Just by chance, over the last couple of years, I’ve had almost half of the students from China, Mongolia, and Japan. It’s very interesting to talk to these kids about how they became fluent in English, and where they studied before they came to Georgetown and what they’re going to do after they graduate.”

Chas with his golf class.

Ellie Valencia, now graduated, took a tennis course last spring with Kathleen Collins-Bell. She said, “The tennis LRED course definitely had more of a sense of community than the average Georgetown course mostly because it was so small…It really is a great deal taking this class because you get a lot of individual feedback which could normally set you back at least $50/hour for a course. Kathleen was always very encouraging and gave feedback as to what we could each be doing better.”

Ellie says she still runs into Kathleen on the courts and asks for her advice. As for her fellow classmates, she still plays tennis with two of them even though the course is over.

She concluded, “I feel like it’s really a hidden gem at Georgetown because if you’re a full time student it’s a free course with really tailored instruction. I’m not very athletic myself so it was an excellent introduction course–especially since it wasn’t graded!”

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Ellie with one of her classmates
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Ellie’s Tennis Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Gloor, a sophomore, took a yoga class her freshman spring. She considered it “a nice time set out twice a week for me to relax. I enjoyed learning how to meditate and how to control my body in ways I hadn’t ever thought to think about.” 

She ended up in the same class as her roommate. “I feel that we got closer. Oftentimes the class would consist of just my roommate, the instructor, and me. It was an intimate and peaceful setting.”

As for her instructor, she said, “She was super attentive and made sure to check up on me, as she knew I was a beginner. Sometimes I would fall asleep, and she’d let me sleep there for a few minutes.”

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A ballet class

Jan Taylor who teaches the dance classes says, “Movement is my vocabulary. I communicate this way and enjoy teaching folks to do so as well.” She has three college degrees in dance, and has toured with professional companies. She even has her own company, Jan Taylor Dance Theatre. Moreover, apparently many students take the same courses over and over. She says, “It can be a lot to take in so repetition is great.”

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LRED Swim Class
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LRED Swim Class

Class Offerings

This upcoming semester, fall 2017, Yates is offering 14 Leisure and Recreation Classes, with the strength training classes held in the new John Thompson Junior Recreation Center. Classes are taught by Yates professional instructors who also take on private and paid classes. Most of the classes are introductory and require no experience. Each class is 0 credits but they are all free! They are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

For Fall 2017, here is the course offering (number of students in each class):

  • Beginning Swimming (6)
  • Swimming for Fitness (8)
  • Tennis I (2 classes/ 16)
  • Tennis II (2 classes/ 12)
  • Racquetball I (6)
  • Squash I (6)
  • Ballet I (25)
  • Jazz Dance (25)
  • Modern Dance (20)
  • Yoga (30)
  • Intro to Strength Training (10)
  • Strength Training II (10)
  • Intro to Ballroom Dance (30)
  • Introduction to Golf (6)

Registration Instructions

To register for the classes, you simply log into myAccess, go to the “Course Schedules by Campus”, and find the classes by selecting “Leisure & Recreation Education” in the “Subject:” field and then pressing “Class Search”. It is also important to note that almost all of the classes require no experience. Usually the classes with the “II” indicated at the end (ie: Tennis and Strength Training) and the Swimming for Fitness classes require a bit of experience, but all the others start at the grassroots.

Whether it’s to pursue an old passion, a new one, get fit, find a community, or find friends that have similar interests, I would definitely suggest trying this out! The smaller classes fill up fast so be sure to register quickly!

2017 National Rec Day Recap

How do YOU Yates? Georgetown University Students, Faculty, Staff, and Yates Members gathered to tell us just that at National Recreation Day on February 3rd.

Yates Field House celebrated National Rec Day with free Group Fitness Classes, our Intramural Battleship tournament, Log Rolling, and fun giveaways from our Rec Day photo booth! See the gallery below for a sneak peek of how Yates members answered the question #HowDoYouYates!

Local Boy Scout Troop Practices Their Swimming Skills at Yates

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Boy Scout Troop 666 from Glover Park used the Yates pool last Thursday for some swim practice and aquatic fun.

With the summer months approaching, the scouts needed to clarify that they are competent swimmers before getting ready for Summer Camp. The group will be attending Camp Rodney on the Chesapeake where they will be participating in several water activities.

During their evening at Yates, 15 scouts demonstrated and learned important water safety skills. They completed tasks such as jumping into water deeper than their height, swimming 75 yards, and treading water for three minutes.

The name of Troop 666 goes back about 80 years. Once upon a time The troop met in the basement of a local pharmacy and a popular medicine was named 666. Thus, the troop number was founded.

We hope you had a great time discovering your swimming ability at Yates, Troop 666!

 

Abigail Garcia – A Quick Introduction

20141210 Yates 0045Abigail Garcia joined Yates in December as Business Operations Manager.  Here’s a brief Q&A to get to know Abigail as she starts her career at Yates!

Where are you coming from?
Following my graduation from Elon University in 2011 with a degree in Mathematics, I worked as the Financial Analyst and Carrier Data Contact for National Agents Alliance in Burlington, NC.

What are your duties at Yates?
My titles are Business Operations Manager & Assistant Membership Director, which means I work with the financial and business affairs of Yates, and I also assist Kim Harrell-Mills, Membership Director, with membership responsibilities.

What’s your personal background with recreation / fitness / sports?
I played lots of backyard/recess sports growing up, but basketball is my main sport. I played 4 years of varsity at Franklin County High School and my AAU team, the Roanoke Stars, made two appearances at the AAU National Tournament throughout my 6 years playing AAU. I also played two years of varsity Tennis in high school. I played just about every intramural sport at Elon University while I was there, and I actually met my husband playing pickup basketball at Elon.

What are you excited about working at Yates/Gtown?
I am excited about the opportunity we have at Yates to meet so many different people from the Georgetown community since our facility services students, fac/staff, and the neighboring community.

Anything other details about you you’d like to share with members/campus community?
My husband, Angel, is the Assistant Director for Residential Education at Georgetown, so we have been living on campus since June 2014.

 

A Yates Holiday Tradition

To our students, faculty, staff and community members:
By now, many of you will have gathered with your friends and family, either close to campus or in places far away, to share the holiday festivities and participate in whatever family traditions you hold dear.

As Yates prepares to close for our own 3 day holiday hiatus, here’s a glimpse into a playful holiday tradition from the Yates family — the most recent staff members have the “honor” of decorating the Yates holiday tree.

This year, the honor went to our two recent additions — Maegen Hellberg and Abigail Garcia — who cheerily embraced their task and did a great job!  You can admire their work below.  We’ll have more to share about our new additions in the coming weeks!  Happy Holidays!