RecSports satisfies the dichotomy of students that perk up during the summer months: Those stressed with the work load of their summer classes and those tired of heat, humidity and boredom.
Comprised of six areas including aquatics, fitness, informal recreation, intramurals, sports clubs and outdoor recreation, RecSports is an outlet for those who want to relieve stress and those who just want to kill some time.
"RecSports has something for everyone," said Andrew Shafer, senior in communications and marketing intern for RecSports.
As June melts into July, students can cool off with a trip to the Aquatic Center on Andy Holt Avenue. This summer the Aquatic Center offers swim lessons for anyone from babies to adults and water aerobics classes during the week. Students can also take advantage of the indoor and outdoor pools for working out or soaking in the sun.
Students who need a little work before getting into a bathing suit can head across the Aquatic Center to T-RECS. The hours are slightly shorter in the summer, but students can still use the cardiovascular and strength training equipment, find a pick-up a game of basketball on one of the four interior courts or attend an assortment of classes including pilates, kickboxing, body sculpting, cardio-line dancing, step, abs and cycling.
But T-RECS is not just for fitness buffs. Students can get involved in informal recreation with electronic games such as Pop-A-Shot Basketball, Golden Tee Golf, Air Hockey, Football, NFL Blitz, NBA Basketball and even a state-of-the-art golf simulator.
More active students can head over to the HPER building to play racquetball, handball, and squash and use the climbing wall.
For those who can stand the heat, there is always the sand volleyball court next to the Aquatic Center and tennis courts between the Bubble and the HPER building. Students can check out equipment from RecSports for any game they choose to play.
For those who want more competition, intramural sports are ongoing throughout the summer, and students still have a chance to sign up for a few of those sports including golf (a 2 player scramble) and tennis singles on July 7. Currently, students are battling it out in softball, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball and men's and women's tennis.
One of the most fun, but perhaps overlooked, aspects of RecSports is the outdoor recreation at UT. Open to students, faculty and staff, the program offers weekend and extended trips such as fly-fishing, mountain biking and rock climbing for a small fee. This summer, students can sign up for white-water rafting on the Ocoee River on July 10 for only $25.
"Everything is priced inexpensively so that students can afford to do it," said Brett Davis, director of the outdoor recreation program.
Every Wednesday during the summer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the outdoor program's staff will teach kayaking in the outdoor pool. All students have to do is flash their student card to gain access to the kayaking class.
Students looking to ditch campus can also rent items such as canoes, kayaks, packs, tents, sleeping bags, mountain and road bikes, coolers and stoves from Outdoor Rec., located in the bottom of T-RECS. Outdoor Rec. even has a resource room of guide books and maps and a bike repair shop and is open Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information about any RecSports program, visit http://recsports.asa.utk.edu.
RecSports offers ample athletic opportunities
Published: Fri Jun 25, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:11 p.m.