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National Recreational Sports Day will be celebrated at UNC Charlotte on Monday, Feb. 24. This event is celebrated at different universities and colleges across the United States.

“The purpose of this event is to take a day to recognize recreation at universities,” said Kemet Gatchell, assistant director of promotions and special events for the Department of Recreational Services at UNC Charlotte.

This event is organized through the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). NIRSA strives to encourage and promote recreation at the collegiate level in order to promote healthy lifestyles in all communities.

The event is celebrated annually on Feb. 22, although this year UNC Charlotte will be celebrating it on Feb. 24, the following Monday. This event will take place in the Student Activity Center from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The day will be focused around several displays of recreational sports including intramural rock climbing, a TRX group workout demo, a softball demo as well as other intramural and club sports that will be showcased.

The disc golf club will be one of the club sports in attendance and will have a hole set up so people can try their hand at the sport. The table tennis club will also be setting up a display for students.

Sports clubs and teams will be showcased in hopes to encourage students to get active and get involved in campus recreation.

Local vendors will be catering the event such as Boardwalk Billy’s and Cici’s Pizza. The event and food are free to all UNC Charlotte students. The first 125 students in attendance will also receive a free National Recreational Sports Day T-shirt customized for UNC Charlotte.

According to Gatchell, this event serves to “make people aware of what [Recreational Services] is doing.”

Gatchell explained that Recreational Services promotes the healthy lifestyles of students.

The Department of Recreational Services is in charge of intramural sports, campus fitness centers located in Belk Gym and the SAC, sport clubs and annual events such as the 49er Gold Rush 5K run.

Another important aspect of this department would be the job opportunities they offer to students. They sponsor an annual $4,000 scholarship to students who hold a part-time job and are involved with the Department of Recreational Services.

To find out more about the opportunities offered by the Department of Recreational Services, visit their website by clicking here. You can also call their office located in Belk Gym 222, at 704-687-0430.