Campus Recreation Report: fall season set to begin

Residents of Seneca Hall, along with hall staff, pose for pictures with their championship trophy after being declared the winners of the 15th annual Project Play event that took place on Saturday, Aug. 23. The event involved all new students, including freshmen and transfers.  (Photo provided by Campus Recreation)
Residents of Seneca Hall, along with hall staff, pose for pictures with their championship trophy after being declared the winners of the 15th annual Project Play event that took place on Saturday, Aug. 23. The event involved all new students, including freshmen and transfers. (Photo provided by Campus Recreation)

We have a semester full of events for everyone. Whether you are ready to win a championship T-shirt for intramurals, excited for activities in the pool, interested in fun and unique events, or just want to play a game of pick-up basketball, Campus Recreation has it all.

Campus Recreation kicked off the new school year with Project Play, which took place on Saturday Aug. 23 from 2-4 p.m. It was a battle between the residence halls on campus, made up of freshmen and transfer students led by their resident advisers. Activities included dodgeball, basketball, kickball and an obstacle course.

“I think it’s a really good way for the people who don’t know each other to gain a sense of community,” said Mike Murphy.

Murphy, a resident adviser in Cayuga,  used a megaphone to pump up his team.  “We like to psych out our opponents,” Murphy said. “You have to win the game in the mind before you can win on the field.”

This marked the 15th year of Project Play.  The event was a great way for students to meet new people not only in their residence hall, but also from the other halls around campus.  It provided an outlet for students to have fun and get active on campus.

Each activity was scored using a points system; the team with the highest number of points at the conclusion of the afternoon was awarded a Hall of Champions trophy.  In the end, Seneca Hall dominated as the winner of the day.

“It felt great to win Project Play,” said Josh Argus, the resident advisor captain for Seneca Hall.  “I went into the day with the mindset of ‘lead by example.’ For me, that meant losing my voice from screaming or ‘coaching’ and leading the cheers.”

This was the first win for Seneca Hall in the school’s history of Project Play.

“To win the whole thing for Seneca meant a lot to me,” Argus said. “The thing that Seneca has in full is pride. We are athletic and skillful, but the thing that I believe set us apart from the rest was an abundant amount of pride in being from Seneca.”

Campus Recreation has a great lineup of events, programs and leagues coming up for the month of September.

On Saturday, Campus Recreation and Residence Life and Housing will co-sponsor LAKERFEST Home Run Derby.  Play begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Cayuga Field.  No advance registration is necessary for this event.

Deadlines are approaching fast for the flag football league.  Register online at imleagues.com by Tuesday, Sept. 9.  The league will begin play Friday, Sept. 19 on the Lee and Swetman Fields.

The tennis tournament is also nearing. The online registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m.  On site registration is Thursday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. and play begins at 5 p.m. on the Onondaga Tennis Courts. There will also be a free tennis lesson provided to those who are seeking instruction.  All skill levels are welcomed and equipment is provided to participants.

The O-Mazing Race will take place Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. on the Lee Hall Field.

The event consists of seven events that will challenge participants both physically and mentally while getting them wet and dirty. Teams of two are required and include women’s and open divisions. The prizes include $200 total for first-place teams and $100 for second-place teams in both divisions.  Register at www.imleagues.com by Thursday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.  The race is limited to 30 teams.  The O-Mazing Race is cosponsored by Campus Recreation and the Lifestyles Center.

Campus Recreation and Fitness Center are co-sponsoring Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba. Aqua Fitness is Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8 p.m. in Lee Hall Pool until Nov. 20.  This class is great for a total body workout in the pool. Aqua Zumba is Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. in Lee Hall Pool through Nov. 19.  Both classes do not require registration and are free to the campus community.

We also have open recreation for badminton, pickleball, volleyball and indoor soccer.  Badminton and pickleball are Tuesdays 4-5:30 p.m. through Nov. 18 and Saturdays 3-5 p.m. until the league starts.  Volleyball is Tuesdays 8-10 p.m. until Oct. 19.  Indoor soccer is Tuesdays 4-5:30 p.m. and Fridays 3-5 p.m. through Oct. 17.  Open recreation sports are held in the Swetman Gymnasium.

For more information about Campus Recreation programs, building and pool hours, visit oswego.edu/campusrec or call Lee Hall at (315) 312-3114.  You can also find us on Twitter (@CampRecreation),  Instagram(oswegocampusrec), and Facebook (facebook.com/camprec).