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.

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!

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!

Rec Day 2017 FB

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.

Photo from www.rmhcdc.org.
Photo from www.rmhcdc.org.

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!

Yates Field House at the Burleith Picnic

On June 18th, Yates Field House joined the Burleith Citizens Association at the annual Summer Burleith Picnic. Yates shared a presentation table with Georgetown University, where picnic attendees had the opportunity to decorate cookies, spin a prize wheel, and learn about the many offerings that Yates provides for members of the community.

The picnic featured many organizations from the Georgetown area, as well as BBQ and live music. Several families joined in on the fun, playing cornhole, participating in raffles, and enjoying time spent in the Georgetown area community.

The picnic took place on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Whitehaven Park. We had a great time with our neighbors from Burleith and look forward to joining again next time!

2016-Picnic-GU_5508-small2016-Picnic-Yates_5472-small2016-Picnic-GU_5490-small__1467309639_141.161.13.106Photos courtesy of Alex Frederick.

Check out more photos of the fun on the Burleith Website.