HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Campus Recreation and Intramurals Program has demonstrated a marked improvement in participation and involvement in the last four years.
With flag football and hula-hoop golf, the intramurals program has striven more toward entertainment and healthy exercise than the strict competitiveness found in traditional sports, according to program specialist Ron Haag. This, he said, makes the program more appealing to a broader slice of the active FHSU community.
Enrollment in the program reached new heights in the 1999-2000 season with more than 39,616 FHSU students, faculty and staff taking part in over 160 different activities, including 13 fund-raising events that were open to the community.
"Our goal is to provide an opportunity for all faculty, staff and students to participate; it's not just a sports and jock thing," said Haag.
Participants can include FHSU students enrolled in seven or more hours, FHSU graduate students enrolled in six or more hours, faculty, staff and the immediate families of faculty and staff. In addition, approximately eight activities, excluding fund-raisers, are available to the general public.
Haag said that participation in intramurals has steadily increased because of a great staff and the change in philosophy from sports to recreational activities.
"Our programs are for people who are and aren't physically active. We provide entertainment and usually exercise for people as a way to relax, relieve stress and have fun with others," said Haag.
The intramurals staff, along with all its current participants, are eager for more people to join.
"If we don't have a program that interests you, we'll work something out," said Haag.
The IM-REC office, where entries are accepted, is in Cunningham Hall, room 128, and can be reached at 628-4373 for schedules and questions.