For students looking to engage with their peers and invest their physical health, participating in intramural sports and open recreation days is a new and exciting opportunity on campus! The Office of Student Activities & Wellness began hosting these recreational events this semester beginning in September. So far, the different sports and activities that students have had the opportunity to participate in at these events include volleyball, cornhole, spikeball, and minisoccer. “We were looking to create some opportunities to get the JJC community moving,” said Steven Karasewski, a coordinator of the JJC Office of Student Activities & Wellness. “We wanted to provide some programs where students could invest in their physical well-being.” President Clyne Namuo has also made the fitness center free for students and staff this semester. Until the end of semester, the roster of remaining open recreation days, which take place on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the picnic grove, include: cornhole on Oct. 21, mini soccer on Oct. 28 and volleyball on Nov. 4. The second session of intramural sports, which is spikeball, began on Oct. 18, and will continue to take place on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the picnic grove until Nov. 8. The third session, which is board games, will finish out the fall semester. This session begins on Nov. 14, and will continue to take place on Mondays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in D-1010 until Dec. 5. “Our office wants to promote holistic wellness, and part of being holistically well is that you’re investing in your physical health,” Karasewski said. “Intramurals and open recreation are a fun way to get people outside and get that physical well-being outlet.” Some long-term goals that Karasewski and the Office of Student Activities & Wellness have to provide students with opportunities to improve and promote their physical health include establishing a recreational fitness club for JJC students, and establishing recreational leagues or tournaments for students interested in specific sports. For the spring 2023 semester, intramural sports and open recreation days will return; because of the winter weather, activities at the beginning will be held indoors, and may include board or video games. Later in the spring semester once the weather permits, soccer and badminton are on the roster of activities. For more information on the intramural sports and open recreation days, contact the Office of Student Activities & Wellness, studentactivities@ stu.jjc.edu.
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