The Recreational Sports Department at the University of Tennessee prides itself in helping students �recreate, relax and revitalize.� This past year, the department was the recipient of three awards.
In December, the American Sports Builders Association presented the intramural fields adjacent to T-RECS with the �Distinguished Turf Facility Award.� The prize recognizes the exceptional design and construction employed by Baseline Sports Construction, the contractors who built the facility. The field received the award due to its potential for multi-purpose use, an efficient drainage system and emphasis on safety.
This February, the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition passed the �2006 Adopt-A-Crag Conservation Award� on to the UT Outdoor Program and its director, Brett Davis.
The Climbers Coalition was the original recipient of the award, but it felt the volunteer efforts and aid in conservation projects contributed by the UT Outdoor Program over the past several years was reason enough to award the program. The UT Outdoor Program participates in a number of clean-up projects annually and also hosts events, such as Adopt-A-Crag Day and the climbing event during the Outdoor Festival, with the proceeds going to charity.
Finally, Tennessee�s RecSports department and Marketing Director Brande Reed have helped UT become the winner of a photo contest in the Fitness Rewards Newsletter for the display and distribution of Phisoderm products. Phisoderm is a company that specializes in facial and skin-care products. As winner of the contest, Tennessee was rewarded a $20 gift card for Foot Locker, which will be used for a future student drawing.
Jim Walcyzk, assistant director of RecSports, said more than 1,500 patrons make use of the T-RECS complex on an average day, and during the winter months it is not uncommon for that number to exceed 4,000.
Walcyzk said students �do what they want on their schedule� at the facility. He noted that the fitness area, gymnasium, volleyball and badminton courts and indoor track offer opportunities for students to exercise in their own style and at their own pace.
�I just hope that students utilize the facility for its purpose and see it as part of a healthy lifestyle for them,� said Brande Reed, program manager for the recreation complex. �We have a lot to offer them. By using the facility, hopefully they�ll get in that lifestyle and continue to stay healthy after they graduate.�