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.

Announcing the James J. Gilroy, III Basketball Courts

On December 14th, 2016, the Yates Field House basketball courts were dedicated in honor of James J. “Jim” Gilroy, III, Director of Campus Recreation and Yates Field House from 1994 to 2017. In his total of 36 years of employment at Yates Field House, Jim Gilroy left a lasting impression on his staff, Georgetown students, and the university as a whole.

jim-6As a double alumnus of Georgetown University, the Hoya legacy runs deep with Jim. He was born at none other than the Georgetown University Hospital, and his parents and his two sons are also alums. Jim went on to graduate with an English major from the Georgetown College in 1972 and completed his Master of Arts in English in 1979. When he wasn’t assisting students and Yates members, Jim could be seen on a Yates treadmill, shooting hoops on the Yates courts, or cheering on the Hoyas as the Georgetown Basketball official scorer.

The Yates Field House staff and affiliates are proud to acknowledge Jim’s accomplishments through this dedication. It is the hope of the Yates family that his legacy will be recognized every time a player steps foot on the Gilroy Courts.

Former Director Jim Gilroy hugs incoming Director Meg Dimsa during the basketball court dedication.
Students play a pick-up game at the newly marked Gilroy Courts.


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!

7 Things Georgetown Students Should Complete to be Campus Recreation Ready

August is coming to a close, which means it’s almost time for our students to be back on the Hilltop. For all of you Hoyas new and old, we want to make sure you’re prepared to take advantage of all the programs Campus Rec has to offer. Complete this Yates Field House checklist when you hit campus to make sure you’re recreation ready!

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1. Come by the Yates Memorial Field House

First Step: come check us out. Visit the field house, located on the west side of campus, to tour the indoor pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, golf court, ping pong tables, cardio and weight training areas, and more.

2. Sign up for Georgetown Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports are the best way to get active with a group of friends. Make sure to sign up today to receive information and notifications about which intramural events are coming up! To sign up, visit our IMLeagues registration page here.

3. Come to Group Fitness Promo Week

The only week of the semester when all Group Fitness classes are FREE, Unlimited semester passes are discounted, and you can win some awesome prizes! Fall 2016 Promo Week is August 29 – September 6. Make sure to check out our Facebook page for all the details.

4. Visit the Pro Shop and Get Your Student Discount

Shop the best in Georgetown University apparel, and find all your recreation accessory needs. Plus, all Georgetown students get 10% off Pro Shop apparel!

5. Check out our Student Employment Opportunities

Yates Field House employees over 150 students every year! Find out if you’ve got what it takes to work in Campus Recreation. Browse all opportunities here, and check out the Georgetown Student Employment website for any current openings.

6. Sign up for LRED Classes

Want to learn a new skill? Leisure and Recreation Education offers courses in subjects such as dance, tennis, golf, strength training, and swimming. Sign up through the registrar!

7. Stay up to Date with Yates Online and on the Go

Got Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat? We do too! Follow us to learn more about how you can get involved at Yates Field House.

Facebook: Yates Field House – Georgetown University
Twitter: @YatesFieldHouse
Instagram: @YatesFieldHouse
Snapchat: YatesFieldHouse

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!

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