Do You Even Lift? Introducing “The Rack”

In August this year, a set of new racks arrived at Yates Field House. The floor workout area was cleared as construction began for the Olympic lifting platforms that were soon to be called “The Rack”.

Director of Fitness Maegen Hellberg who initially proposed the purchase of the racks said, “I’ve been watching our participants and members for almost the past three years and doing lots of research and determining what might be best for our space and came up with The Rack. These 3 platforms provide the opportunity for students or members to do more power and Olympic lifting in our facilities safely.”

The platforms have multiple features but their main purpose is to allow safe Olympic lifting (over the head lifting). The black padding deadens the drop of the weights and the flooring provides a no-slip area. The platforms can also be used to do chin-ups and also include catch-bars which allow a different type of lifting.

Before the rack was built, however, the logo went up first. Michele Guthrie, head of Yates marketing and communications, designed The Rack logo and, together with Maegen, hired Adele Marchant (COL`18), a government and studio art double major, to paint it. Michele said about Adele, “She’s very talented… She knew exactly how she would tackle painting it onto the wall…” Using two lifts of different heights, Adele painted the mural over five or six days. She said, “It was kind of physically grueling at some parts to be standing the whole time or crouching.” However, she added, “It was so fun. Yates staff was really awesome.”

For the past semester, the racks have become a fixture in Yates so make sure to check them out before the end of the semester!


by Marketing Assistant Jessie Yu

Announcement: Yates August 2017 Maintenance Closing

Dear Members,

Please take note that Yates Field House will be closed for maintenance work and facility updates from Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 20, 2017. Yates will be partnering with local facilities that all members will have access to during this time at no additional charge.

While the facility is closed, we have arranged for Yates members to swim at the St. Alban’s pool (Wisconsin & Massachusetts Ave, NW). Pool hours are Monday – Friday 6AM – 9AM, 4PM – 8PM, and weekends 8AM – Noon. The entrance to the Cathedral parking garage is on Wisconsin Ave. While no sign up is required to gain this access, members must bring their Yates ID card or GU GOcard upon entry.

Furthermore, all Yates members will have the opportunity to gain access to the Sport and Fitness Center of the Georgetown University Law Center during these weeks. In order to use the Law Center fitness facilities, members must submit their name through the form below. Sign up for Law Center access will be closed on August 1st.

Submit your name for Law Center access here.

Access to the Law Center will only be valid from August 5th through August 20th. Members can visit the Sport and Fitness Center of the Georgetown University Law Center website to learn more about facility hours and offerings.

Parking options at the Law Center:

  • There is paid parking in building 601 New Jersey Ave & F Street as well as another garage a little further down F that is cheaper.
  • There is 2 hour paid parking on 1st, 2nd, E & F, as well as New Jersey Ave
  • Members may use the GUTS Bus, which leaves from Main Campus and connects users to the Law Center campus. Find the GUTS Bus schedule here.

With many exciting updates on the horizon, the facility will be refreshed for the new school year! We hope you enjoy the changes, and we thank you for your patience while we get the work completed.

Yates Field House Staff

Yates Field House Participates in National NIRSA Conference

How can Yates Field House provide innovative recreation opportunities for our students and members? What does it take for our student employees to become true campus leaders? How can Georgetown’s recreational services enhance the physical, mental, AND spiritual well-being of the university and surrounding community?

These were some of the inquiries examined by nine Yates Field House professional staff members last week at the 2017 NIRSA National Conference. The conference, held by the National Intramural-Recreational Sport Association (NIRSA), brought together over 3,300 collegiate recreation professionals from across the United States and Canada. Along with smaller, program-specific institutes, NIRSA hosts an annual national conference each spring, which is held in a different city every year. This year, the NIRSA National Conference was held in National Harbor, Maryland, just south of Washington, D.C.

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Yates staff at the conference
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D.C. Tour participants at the Lincoln Memorial







With the conference in our own backyard, Yates Field House was given the opportunity to shine. Our very own Bethany Bower, Director of Aquatics and Risk Management  at Yates, organized for Yates to be included in a pre-conference tour of local recreation facilities. The day before the conference began, about 100 recreation professionals from different schools came to Georgetown to tour the Yates Field House and Thompson Athletic Center facilities. As a member of the conference host committee, Bower assisted in the planning and execution of many other conference events including a polar bear plunge in the Potomac River and the host committee information station at the conference venue.

NIRSA 2017 Host Committee

“Having the opportunity to be a part of the Host Committee and work alongside my colleagues from local institutions and NIRSA staff was amazing,” Bower said of her experience. “As a member of the Host Committee, I was able to be a part of the planning of pre-conference tours and show off some of the amazing campus rec facilities we have in the area.” Bower led a group of NIRSA attendees on a second tour to recreation facilities at the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Maryland at College Park.

“[At the conference] I attended many great sessions on leadership within campus recreation, but learned much by just chatting and sharing ideas with my colleagues from Institutions around the US and Canada,” Bower continued. She was not the only Yates staff member to get the most out of building relationships with other conference attendees. “Talking to recreation professionals and students and seeing the things they are doing on their campus was really inspiring,” said Yates Marketing Coordinator Michele Guthrie. “I’m excited to cater those ideas to our own university community and Yates Field House members.”

Equipped with new knowledge from the NIRSA National Conference, Yates Field House staff (ten of which are NIRSA professional members) strives to continue improving the overall experience of Campus Recreation at Georgetown University.

National Recreation Day 2017: How Do You Yates?

Yates Field House is excited to once again celebrate National Recreation Day with an abundance of day-long activities and events! Join us on Friday, February 3rd to get active, have fun, and reflect on #HowDoYouYates!

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National Recreation Day is recognized every February by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). The day was established to celebrate the founding of NIRSA, as well as promote habits of health and wellbeing in our communities. At Yates Field House, we celebrate Rec Day with offerings of free fitness and wellness activities to our members, as well as a day dedicated to educating our community about why physical activity is important.

Help us spread the word about what recreation means to you by participating in our #HowDoYouYates photo booth! The first 150 participants will receive a FREE Rec Day 2017 t-shirt.

Full schedule of National Recreation Day events below.

11AM-6PM: Free Chair Massage event, Mezzanine
3PM: Cornhole begins, Lobby
3:00-6:00PM: #HowDoYouYates Photo Booth and T-shirt giveaway, Lobby
4:00PM-5:00PM: FREE Spinning, Studio B*
4:45PM-5:45PM: FREE Kripalu Yoga, Studio A*
7PM: Battleship and Log Rolling, Pool**

*Group Fitness classes will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. For spinning, participants MUST sign up for a bike at the Yates Front Desk beginning at 3:30PM.
**Sign up for the Battleship Tournament through Georgetown’s IMleagues website. Participation is $15 per team.

Yates Field House Participates in the Annual Toy Drive by KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic

Yates Field House is proud to once again participate in the annual holiday Toy Drive hosted by the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic – Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Team. The toys collected will benefit families serviced by MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Division of Pediatrics.

All Yates members and Georgetown Community members are invited to participate in this year’s Toy Drive! To donate, simply bring your new and unwrapped toy to our collection box located on the entrance level of Yates Field House. Toys will be collected through Friday, December 16th, 2016.

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The KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (KMMC) is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 program under the direction of the Division of Community Pediatrics. The KMMC uses a unique network of mobile units to provide patient visits to children and adolescents living in the underserved communities of the District of Columbia. According to their website, in the past year the KMMC provided more than 1,750 medical visits to 900 children who live in some of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods of Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Yates Field House is proud to partner with KMMC to help brighten the holidays of these families!