Intramural sports are among the most popular programs organized by the Office of Recreation and Wellness. With the arrival of spring, a number of student-organized, competitive teams have been formed in basketball, indoor soccer, field hockey, co-ed intramural squash and badminton. There’s still time to sign up for softball (by March 30) and the golf tournament (by April 25).
“Intramurals add to the students’ experience at HWS in a variety of ways,” says Robert Fields, assistant director of recreation, intramurals, and fitness. “Obvious benefits such as physical activity, social interaction and stress relief are just a few ways intramurals play a role in the daily life of students. We also employ student coordinators and referees who act as role models and lead their peers during intramural games. Referees and coordinators are learning to be mediators and managers while developing their interpersonal people skills.”
This semester, the HWS fitness club, a co-ed club promoting wellness on campus, is offering free personal training for students. They are extending their offer to faculty for a small fee. There are also student-taught fitness classes including Spin with Christine Abramo ’12 and Martial Madness with black belt Wendi Bacon ’12.
There is a comprehensive schedule, available online, of fitness classes offered at the Bristol Field House, including spinning, yoga, zumba, pilates, spin and more. Classes are Sunday through Friday, spanning from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. These diverse, energetic classes are for all HWS community members and are led by certified current students, alumni and professional fitness staff.
“The overarching goal of the sports and recreation department is to provide as many opportunities for students to participate in healthy physical activity as possible,” explains Fields. “All of our programs are intended for students, of any ability or skill level, to try new ways to be happy, healthy and involved at HWS.”