How Rec Sports Can Continue Changing Lives

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During our first two years at Wilmington College, my friend Joe and I noticed something was missing from our campus community: recreational sports. Our small, private college of only 1,100 students never had a true recreational sports program, but in August of our junior year we decided to change that. The two of us, along with the men's basketball team's associate head coach, attempted to start a recreational sports program for our student body.

Since the 2019 fall semester, recreation has consumed me — whether that means planning or being active myself. I love being able to build a strong sense of community at Wilmington, improve campus health at large, and use my creativity to build options that students will want to get involved in. I knew from the beginning stages of working in rec sports that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life.

Over the past year-plus, however, the world has undergone some dramatic changes. In March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and postponed daily life, recreational sports were put on hold along with most everything else. How does someone compete with others during a pandemic and stay safe? When would I be back on campus? When would everything go back to normal? I struggled to find adequate answers.

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