September Club Sport of the Month

Men’s Rugby was named the Club Sport of the Month for September.

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1. When was your club established at Georgia Southern and what is a tradition your team has?

The History of Georgia Southern Rugby has been passed down, by word of mouth, since the organization’s official establishment in 1976. A group of motivated young men with a vision, many of who are now associated with today’s Golden Isles Rugby Football Club, established a rugby club here in Statesboro. For many years, the Club received very little, if any, recognition from the Georgia Southern community. This all changed on a historical Saturday in 1981. While playing on the famous Oxford Field, a surface containing as many rocks as blades of grass (where Southern Courtyard currently stands), the club defeated the highly regarded University of Georgia Rugby Football Club. The Southern Ruggers played in T-shirts with numbers spray-painted on the back, which contrasted with the UGA squad emblazoned in their matching red and black brand new uniforms. The hard-fought battle was witnessed by the President of Georgia Southern College, who had just happened to pass by. He was so impressed by the perseverance of the Southern players that the very next day, he allocated a significant sum of money to the club. From that day forth, Rugby has become a permanent part of Georgia Southern sports and culture.

2. Why do you like playing Club sports at Georgia Southern?

I play club sports at Georgia Southern because I feel like I am included in a family. My teammates are the greatest people I have met at Georgia Southern, and getting to play with them on the rugby pitch every Saturday is just a plus. The University is extremely supportive and so are our fans.

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3. How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

The team practices three times a week: Tuesday-Thursday 6-8 pm. Our team practices consists of phase play, conditioning, and scrimmages.

4. What is it like to travel and play different schools?

Traveling to and from different schools is an experience. It is not really fun traveling in the car/van but we try and make the best of it! On a positive note, playing in new territory, interacting with other ruggers, and seeing different landscape outside of Statesboro is very exciting.

5. What is your best memory while playing in the tournament this past weekend?

The best memory while playing in the Black Rose is always meeting and re-uniting with our alumni. Feeling the chemistry and history with our past and present ruggers is a refreshing experience. Sharing old and new stories from the past and present teams that have worn the Georgia Southern colors is quite humbling. We carry on the strong tradition of Southern Rugby not only on the field, but off the field through our personality and attitudes.

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6. What if someone is interested in playing rugby? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

If someone is interested in playing rugby, they should just come out to practice. There are no tryouts. All of us have fallen in love with the sport through practice and became hooked on the game after the first outing with the team. For more information or if there are any questions just attend one of our practices or visit our club sports page: Georgia Southern Men’s Rugby.

Does your team have any special achievements? If so, what are they?

Our team won club sport of the year last year. We have worked very hard and have been graced with an excellent officer staff to provide us with the necessary information and materials needed to succeed in the club sports community.

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A Personal Experience : Yoga Edition

Yoga Sunday

On Sunday, September 8th I had the opportunity to partake in a new experience by attending my first yoga class. As I walked into the class, I began to second-guess my decision to attend. But, to my surprise, there were many familiar faces which put me at ease.

The instructor, Erica, dimmed the lights and the class began. We were lead through a brief meditation and breathing exercise to prepare us for the class. After that, we participated in a series of stretches and poses. Once I got a hang of the breathing exercises and began to concentrate on exactly what I was doing, it was not as hard as I thought. The instructor made sure to let us know to go at our own pace, and more experienced yoga participants to advance, but encouraged us to only do what felt comfortable. It was amazing to see what my body could do! I began to feel a sense of calming. I had a really great experience and will definitely go again!

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Advice For the Intimidated

  • Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing. There will be times when your back side is up in the air, so I would wear leggings, yoga pants, or longer shorts (:
  • Bring water. Just to make sure you are well hydrated. There is a water fountain near by, but you don’t want to miss any of the class!
  • When you first walk into the class, make sure to grab a blanket, block, and mat. These things will assist you with some of the poses.
  • This class is meant to be fun and cleansing! Concentrate on your breathing and improving your poses. Everyone will be focused on what they are doing so do not worry about feeling embarrassed.
  • The instructor is there to help. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

More Information

Yoga classes are offered multiple times during the week. To access the schedule visit the Group Fitness page on the CRI website.

See you there!

Wellness Ambassadors: Who We Are.

Do you have a special interest in wellness? Do you have a 2.5 GPA and have at least 2 more semesters left here at GSU? If so, becoming a Wellness Ambassador at CRI is the organization for you!

What exactly does a Wellness Ambassador do?

Wellness Ambassadors serve as the face of the Wellness program by creating relationships and encouraging students, faculty, and staff to participate in the University Wellness Program’s (UWP) events and activities.

Wellness Ambassadors are committed to being actively involved in programs and will have opportunities to gain plenty of volunteer hours.

This program gives students a chance to plan events such as Campus Farmer’s Market, Well.I.Am week, Blood drives, and many other events!

Why should you become a Wellness Ambassador?

“Being a Wellness Ambassador comes with many benefits including leadership skills development, event planning skills, marketing skills, meeting new people, a sense of belonging, as well as a jam-up advisor as a mentor!” Michele Martin, director of UWP happily expressed.

After speaking with the president of the Wellness Ambassadors, Rebecca Hotard, she discussed her overall experience with the program: “When I first became a Wellness Ambassador, it didn’t take long for me to become passionate about what we stand for, which is improving every aspect of health for both faculty and staff as well as the students here at Georgia Southern.  Not only are we health educators but we are advocates for creating healthy habits in all 7 dimensions of Wellness that lead to healthier lifestyles. Being a Wellness Ambassador doesn’t just mean another organization to add to a resume, but instead becoming apart of a family unit that strives to improve Georgia Southern’s student life.”

Becoming a Wellness Ambassador allows students to make connections with other students and faculty all over campus. This program will also be a way to provide someone with resources to improve their health.  What a great gift!

What’s the next step?

UWP would love to have at least 35 Wellness Ambassadors to start off the year. This program is great for Health Promotion and Education, Exercise Science, Nursing, and Biology majors but all majors are welcomed!

To apply, visit the University Wellness website. If you have more questions feel free to contact Michele Martin: mmartin@georgiasouthern.edu.

Follow UWP on Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress for more updates!

2013 #RACLife Challenge

This year, CRI (Campus Recreation & Intramurals) has created a great way for students to interact on social media at GSU. #RACLife is the new way to actively share your RAC experience. How do you participate?

1st: Follow/Like CRI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

2nd: When you are at the RAC feel free to post a status, upload a picture, or give a shout out to the RAC while using #RACLife as your hash tag.

3rd: Every day, students are uploading interesting #RACLife posts. To view other student’s experiences search the hash tag (#RACLife).

With those three easy steps, you are now connected to GSU #RACLife and will have several chances to win a #RACLife T-shirt!

Haven’t seen the #RACLife T-shirt yet? Check it out here in this cool video!

Contests will be lead through CRI’s social media handles. Be on the lookout for announcements of when, where, and how to win the coveted #RACLife T-shirt! Below is an overview of the contests:

Trivia

CRI will post a question on any of our three social media handles and decide how many students will win a T-shirt based on their answers. It would be a great idea to brush up on your #RACLife knowledge!

Photo & Caption

CRI will post photos of different places or activities happening around campus and will look for student’s best captions for those photos. Creativity is a must!

Random

In addition to daily updates on programs and events, CRI will randomly give out T-shirts to students who RTs (retweets), favorites, shouts out, or comments on a CRI tweet. Don’t be shy ;).

Events

In the previous blog post, we have listed the various events and programs that will take place this fall. CRI staff may be present at any of those events with T- shirts so don’t miss out on anything!

Great, now that you are fully connected to us, we look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions about the contests feel free to comment below. Also, we want every student to participate and encourage you to spread the word about #RACLife!

Do you accept this challenge? If so, see you soon!