CWURecreation NewsRecreation News Trivia Night at CWU, 30 Dec 2013 16:03:39<p>Ready to justify those countless hours of watching ESPN? University Recreation, Winegar's and 88.1 the 'Burg will host Sports Trivia Nights Wednesdays, Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 and 19 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Pit. Teams of two to four will show off their sports knowledge for a chance to win a coveted Intramurals Champion t-shirt. This event is free and on a first come, first served basis to the first 35 students each night.</p><p>For more information contact Eric Scott at 509-963-3511 or</p><p>Sports Trivia Nights are sponsored by University Recreation, Winegars and 88.1 The 'Burg. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by 509-963-3511 or e-mailing</p>Lead Alumni Gift Initiates Renovation to CWU Tennis Facility, 27 Jun 2013 15:50:01<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">University Advancement today announced a significant gift to the </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> Foundation that will help fund a total renovation of the Central Washington University tennis courts. It is one of the first gifts in recent history that will initiate a capital project at Central. The gift, from the children of a former Central mathematics professor, will create the “Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facility.”</span></p><p>Fred Lister taught at Central from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. He was an acknowledged tennis fan both as a player and spectator. He died in 2012. His wife, Valerie, was known for her artistic talent and her involvement in local civic-oriented organizations. She took up tennis when she was in her 50s, and enjoyed commercial art classes at Central. She passed away in 2009.</p><p>Two of their three children, Russ Lister, from Everett, and Anne Perry, from Bow, are CWU alumni who played tennis for Ellensburg High School and Central during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Another son, Jim Lister, also played tennis at Ellensburg High School in the 1980s.&nbsp; He now lives in Richmond, Virginia.</p><p>“My dad was fanatical about tennis, and he got us playing as kids in Ellensburg in the 1970s. I have good memories of that time,” recalls Russ, who earned his bachelor of science in mathematics in 1983. “This seemed like a way to give back to the community that was good for me but especially for my mom and dad. If they were around, I think they would think it’s a great idea.”</p><p>Anne adds, “After Dad passed away last year we were thinking of using some of the proceeds from the estate to benefit the Ellensburg community and leave a legacy in honor of our mom and dad.&nbsp; Russ and I had noticed that many of the local tennis courts were in terrible shape. To us, there seemed to be a huge community need, so this seemed like a good fit.” Anne received her bachelor of science in biology from Central in 1981.</p><p>Design work is now underway on the new facility, which is adjacent to Nicholson Pavilion. The current outdoor courts were first opened in 1961, the same year Central Washington College of Education became Central Washington State College. Over the past half-century, they’ve been subject to surface cracking because the underlying foundation is giving way, requiring frequent repair and patching with cement.</p><p>The new courts will have an acrylic finish layer, to provide a vibrant color, which is approved by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). And, the courts will be lighted, allowing for nighttime use. The facility will also feature new fencing and gates, improved drainage, movable bleachers, practice boards, and competitor benches. The outside of the courts will also be revamped and will include accessible walkways and improved viewing areas.&nbsp;</p><p>The total cost is estimated at about $950,000 dollars. Other project funding will come from CWU capital preservation money, University Recreation, and additional support from the university’s Services and Activities fees. A USTA grant is also being sought. Construction will begin in August and should be completed in September.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“There are already several users of this facility,” says Andy Fields, CWU recreation director. “The Physical Education, School and Public Health academic department, our tennis sport club, intramurals, Central students and Ellensburg community members, and the high school even brings over some students as well. This is a great collaborative effort that will be a win-win for everybody.”</p><p>Following the phased-remodeling and renovation of Nicholson Pavilion, this will be the second project in a proposed revitalization of CWU’s athletic facilities.</p><p>“There are several projects being suggested that would further improve our student-athlete experience, be better for fans, and offer more and enhanced recreational opportunities for all Central students,” says Dennis Francois, CWU athletic director. “We’re very appreciative of this donation that’s allowing this renovation to move ahead.”&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 27, 2013</p>University Recreation offers Summer Activities, 24 Jun 2013 15:44:48<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">CWU students staying in Ellensburg getting a jump on classes now have a few options each week to relieve some of that summer school stress. University Recreation is offering various summer activities and prizes will be given at each event for just showing up!</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">Every Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Recreation Center East Lawn, there will be free Winegar's Ice Cream. There will also be games on hand, such as horseshoes, croquet and outdoor volleyball.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">On Wednesdays, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Recreation Center East Lawn, get ready for a water fight! Water guns will be provided and there will also be a Slip-n-Slide and kickball.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals will host an outdoor adventure every Thursday at 3 p.m.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>It could be anything from a hike to a float trip, so be sure to call 509-963-3537 to learn about each week's adventure and to register. Fees do apply.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">All these events are weekly until July 25 and the first 60 people to attend five events will receive a summer session t-shirt. Alternate activities will be provided on Wednesday in the event of rain or poor weather.<br><br>For more information call 509-963-3510 or visit</p>ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS: CWU kids summer camp CAMP C-WOO, 29 May 2013 16:21:16<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Camp C-Woo is an activity-based day camp, hosted by CWU University Recreation, and is a great way for parents to make sure their child will be safe while still making the most out of their summer.<br><br>The camp runs Monday through Friday, June 17 to August 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is open on a first come, first serve basis for kids grade 1 through 6. Parents can register their children for one week at a time, or commit to the entire summer. Forms, payment arrangement options and other useful information can be found online at <a href=""></a>.<br><br>At Camp C-Woo, children will be able to improve social skills, develop character education and learn about nutrition and preparing snacks - all in a fun way. Physical activities include games, arts and crafts, wall climbing, field trips and much more.<br><br>With trained counselors on hand, Camp C-Woo is the perfect place for children to make new friends, stay active and keep their minds engaged during the summer.<br><br>For more information visit <a href=""></a> or contact Corey Sinclair at 509-963-3516 or <a href=""></a>.</p></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Players Prepare for International Rugby Competitions, 29 May 2013 15:56:37<p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>The roster has been set for the United States under-20 national team that will compete for the International Rugby Board Junior World Championship, and a Central Washington University player has made the final squad.</p><p>Freshman Korbin Lindell, from Wales, Wisc., is now in La Roche-sur-Yon, France in preparation for pool play against South Africa, on June 5;&nbsp; France, June 9; and England, June 13. The semifinal and final matches will follow.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">In addition, two more </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> players—senior Patrick Blair, La </span>Mirada<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Calif.; and sophomore Tanner Barnes, Fresno, Calif.—have joined the Men’s </span>7s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> National team in preparation for the Sevens World Cup. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The final training sessions for Team USA will take place in Seattle from June 9-16. It will then depart for the tournament in Moscow, Russia, which will be held June 28-30.</p><p>“For these three men, this is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work,” said CWU head men’s rugby coach Tony Pacheco. “They have a great opportunity to play on the biggest stages in world rugby. I know they will represent their families, their country, and their university well.”</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">Media contact:</strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Robert Lowery, </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</span></p><p>Photo: (L. to R.) Tanner Barnes and Patrick Blair coming off the field from a training session</p>Wake Sports Club wins 2013 Collegiate Wakeboarding National Championships!, 28 May 2013 08:58:07<p>The CWU Wake Sports Club won the 2013 Collegiate Wakeboarding National Championships this past weekend in Shreveport, LA!</p><p>Central rolled into National Championships with momentum from their West Regional Championship in the fall. They were ranked number one in the nation coming into the event.</p><p>The Wildcats got off to a quick start on the first day. Eddie Roberts (Men’s C), Thomas Olson (Men’s B) and Sean Harris (Men’s D) all won their heats to advance to semi-finals and finals. Both women competitors, Chelsea Worland (Women’s A) and Amanda Parker (Women’s B) also qualified for semi-finals.</p><p>On day two Central picked up where they left off. Kyler Green (Men’s A) won his quarterfinal while Kolby Blew (Men’s A) advanced to semi-finals. Central swept both championships in Men’s C and D with Roberts and Harris winning their respective classes. Parker took second in Women’s B.</p><p>The third and final day cemented the Wildcats National Championship. In Men’s A Green won the class while Blew took third. Men’s B was won by Olson while Worland placed fourth in semi-final heat of Women A. Pat Mahoney rode wakeskate for the Wildcats and placed third in the final round.</p><p>Central put together a complete performance in all seven classes and won their first ever national title. The championships will be covered in detail on Alliance Wakeboard Magazine’s website and will be broadcasted on FOX Sports later this summer.</p><p>For more information contact Eddie Roberts at 425-443-3060 or Corey Sinclair at 509-963-3516.</p>Central Washington to Join Varsity Cup, 05 Apr 2013 13:22:28<p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 264px; "></p><p>The Varsity Cup announced today that Central Washington University (CWU) has been selected to participate in the 2013 Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship. CWU boasts an 8-0 regular season record in 2012-13 and a #7 national ranking in's all-division rankings.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU comes into the Varsity Cup after the forced departure of the University of Utah following a recent administrative suspension of the Utah rugby program.</p><p>Read more <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Photo by Alex Reed. Article courtesy of</p>AAU Basketball Tournament at CWU Recreation Center, 28 Feb 2013 08:31:24<p>CWU University Recreation is hosting the 19th annual Spring Fling AAU Basketball Tournament next weekend, March 8 to 10, in the Recreation Center. This tournament features girls and boys divisions from grades 3 to 8 and is a region-wide event, bringing 53 teams (37 from outside Kittitas County), 535 players and approximately 1,200 spectators to the Central Washington University campus. Games begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.</p><p>The 2013 Spring Fling AAU Tournament has been coordinated entirely by two CWU Exercise Science majors, Alexander Lee and Halee Boni. Lee is currently a University Recreation employee and Boni is completing a 12-credit internship with University Recreation.</p><p>This is the fourth year University Recreation has hosted AAU tournaments on campus, as the events continue to maintain popularity among local and traveling teams. The tournaments are also a valuable boost to the local economy, attracting over 200 hotel reservations and becoming a source of revenue for many local restaurants and businesses.</p><p>For more information contact Eric Scott, University Recreation Intramurals and Special Events coordinator, at 509-963-3511 or</p>CWU Rugby Player Chosen as Player of the Week, 31 Jan 2013 12:16:29<p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 264px; "></p><p>You don't often hear about the lock forward scoring four tries, but it happened on Saturday when Sean Wanigasekara&nbsp; did so for Central Washington against Santa Clara University as the Wildcats won 61-5.</p><p>Read more <a href="">here.</a></p><p>Story courtesy of</p>CWU employees can experience a Recreation Membership for free, 26 Dec 2012 12:05:44<p>While the students are away, CWU staff and faculty will be at play. University Recreation is offering all CWU employees a free trial membership at the Recreation Center from Thursday, Dec. 27 to Tuesday, Jan. 8. Connection Cards are required for entry.</p><p>Central employees can get a better sense of the facility and equipment by attending an orientation tour led by a University Recreation personal trainer Wednesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 4. The tours are 30 minutes and will begin each day at noon and 5 p.m.</p><p>Employees who take advantage of this free trial membership will also get to sample some of the fantastic Group Fitness classes offered at the Recreation Center. Group Fitness Demo Days, Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Tuesday, Jan. 8, allows members to try any of the amazing fitness classes for free, before committing to purchasing a Group Fitness Pass.</p><p>For more information contact University Recreation at 509-963-3512 or <a href=""></a>.</p>