Yates Field House Hosts MBA Basketball Tournament Benefiting Local Charity

This President’s Day weekend, Yates Field House hosted the Ultimate 4 MBA basketball tournament put on by Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business MBA program. The tournament brought together teams from MBA programs across the country for a chance to play to raise money for a local charity. This year the proceeds went to Horton’s Kids, a community-based organization that provides educational and need-based support to children aged K-12 in D.C.’s Ward 8.

This year celebrated the MBA tournament’s 28th anniversary. The universities that came out to represent their MBA programs included:

  • Georgetown University – McDonough School of Business
  • Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management
  • Vanderbilt University – Owen Graduate School of Management
  • University of Maryland – Smith School of Business
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business
  • University of North Carolina – Kenan–Flagler Business School
  • Duke University – Fuqua School of Business
  • University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School
  • University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
  • Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School

The “Final Four” featured Duke, Northwestern, Chicago, and Penn. The final game came down to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business against Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, with the Kellogg School beating the Fuqua School for the championship.

Congrats to the winners: Northwestern University
Final game: Northwestern v. Duke







In recent years the tournament has been played to raise money for youth education programs. Horton’s Kids, the charity supported by this year’s tournament, is a local organization that serves children in Wellington Park in Ward 8, one of Washington D.C.’s most at-risk neighborhoods. By providing academic support, enrichment, character development, and health and basic needs, Horton’s Kids gives students the tools they need to succeed. Many current Horton’s Kids have improved their reading scores, enrolled in high-performing high schools, or are on track for on-time high school graduation. The high school graduation rate of a Horton’s Kid is nearly twice the neighborhood average. Learn more at www.hortonskids.org.

National Recreation Day 2016 Recap

On Friday, February 5, 2016, Yates Field House successfully celebrated National Recreation Day with a variety of fitness and entertainment events. Students, faculty, staff, and other Yates members were able to participate in group fitness classes, cornhole, Battleship, Log Rolling, and more. Check out our feature video of the events below.

During the event, Yates members were able to work out to their favorite tunes from a live DJ. Yates also served pizza as a post-workout snack.

National Recreation Day's Battleship champions
Congrats to the winning Battleship team, First Order!

The day wrapped up in the evening with Log Rolling and a Battleship tournament. After a long and hard fight from many student teams, Battleship team “First Order” took home the championship! Many other students enjoyed testing their skills in Log Rolling while the tournament was in progress.

Thanks to all for coming out to celebrate National Recreation Day. Yates encourages members to keep staying active throughout the year… and gear up for Rec Day 2017!

How Do YOU Yates: Yates Field House Celebrates National Recreation Day

This Friday, join Yates Field House to observe National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, recognized every year by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). National Rec Day was established to celebrate the founding of NIRSA, as well as promote habits of health and wellbeing in our communities.

Georgetown students compete in a Battleship tournament at the Yates pool.
Georgetown students compete in a Battleship tournament at the Yates pool.

Yates Field House is celebrating recreation through free and fun activities all day on Friday, February 5th. Yates Field House members are invited to participate in Group Fitness Classes, Cornhole, Battleship, Log Rolling, and more.

In addition to your favorite recreation activities, live music and free food will be provided. Enjoy entertainment from a live DJ on the fitness floor in the afternoon and at the pool in the evening. Free pizza will be served on the Yates mezzanine starting at 5PM.

Yates is encouraging Georgetown to get out and get active in celebration of National Rec Day. Join us on Friday and show the community #HowDoYouYates!

Full schedule of National Recreation Day events below.

10-11AM: Free Zumba Class, Studio A
3PM: Cornhole begins, Mezzanine
3:30-4:30PM: Free Pi-Yo Class, Studio A
5PM: Free Pizza served, Mezzanine
5:45-6:45: Free HIIT Class, Studio A
7PM: Battleship and Log Rolling, Pool Deck

Local Elementary Students Test Underwater Robots at Yates Field House

Local Elementary Students Test Underwater Robots at Yates Field House


On June 10, twenty-five fifth grade students from Hyde-Addison Elementary School in Georgetown visited Yates Field House to test their SeaPerch Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) projects in the pool. Rich Munz, the 5th grade STEM teacher at Hyde Elementary, began the project with his students in December 2014. After months of work, all were very excited to test the results of their labor.

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program sponsored in part by the United States Navy Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The program teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The fifth grade students built their projects completely from scratch using an assortment of PVC pipes, foam, mechanical wires, and batteries. Through the process, the students also learned to safely use tools such as saws and soldering irons.


Hyde Elementary does not have its own pool, so the Yates staff opened the McCarthy Pool for their students.

“We were happy to let the Hyde students use the pool to test their robots,” said Jim Gilroy, director of Yates Field House. “It’s a great opportunity for the university to partner with our neighborhood.”

Once at the pool, the students worked in groups and diligently made last-minute adjustments to their robots, occasionally calling out “Mr. Munz!” to ask for help. Over the next two hours, the students alternated between testing their projects and making adjustments. By the end, all of the robots were functioning to some degree and the students were enjoying the chance operate their creations all around the pool.


Through the SeaPerch project, the fifth-grade students completed an advanced curriculum normally meant for middle schoolers. According to one chaperone, the school hopes students will gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the work that goes into crafting remote controlled and robotic toys.

“The kids had a blast,” Munz said afterward. “This event was the culmination of over seven months of building and preparation. It is great to have Georgetown as a partner as we strive to bring rich STEM experiences to our diverse student population.”

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.