Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wacky Wednesdays

By Courtney Westlake


From a miniature putt-putt golf challenge to a 90's trivia contest to a Hershey's kiss count competition, Wacky Wednesdays are getting the campus community involved in all kinds of fun and exciting activities.

Wacky Wednesday is a series of unusual events designed to allow people to participate in recreational sports activites who may not feel they have the time or ability to participate in traditional sports, said Lance Ennen, the coordinator of Wacky Wednesday.

"So it gives people an alternative to participate in activities without having to be an 'athlete'," he said.

The events are held every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A male and female winner will be declared each week for the rest of the semester, with that winner receiving a certificate for a free fitness assessment at the TRAC.

"The locations of Wacky Wednesday activities vary," Ennen said. "Events have been held in the TRAC Atrium, the Food Emporium and will soon be held on the Quad as the weather gets nicer."

Wacky Wednesday came about when Ennen learned that JT Timmons, director of recreational sports, came from recreation program that offered Wacky Wednesday. Ennen thought it was great idea, so "I took the ball and ran with it," he said.

Wacky Wednesdays are a great way to add a little variety into your schedule, said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs at the TRAC.

"There are some good activities to work different muscles in your body, and it's a different atmosphere," she said.

Many of the activities done at Wacky Wedneday events are things not typically done for exercise - such as limbo - but may be something you did as a child.

"It's fun; it's energetic," Jillson said. "Adding different exercises like jump rope, limbo or hula hoop - those are fun and encourage more enthusiasm and energy."

And not all of the activities are physical; some of them, like the kiss count or trivia competitions, involve mental strength as well. Regardless of the event, though, Ennen said the turnout so far has been really good.

"We had an upwards of 60 participants in the Valentine's week kiss count event," he said. "We've had some pretty good numbers with it; I've been happy with the turnout."

For more information on upcoming Wacky Wednesday events, go here.