Because students, faculty, and staff are working remotely this spring, the 2019-20 academic year will end without having crowned the 6×6 volleyball and floor hockey champions, the Pink Gloves Boxing classes won’t be able to test out, and the thousands of people who usually take advantage of the DeFeudis Fitness Center and Open Recreation Gym have to find other ways to stay healthy.
Fortunately, the Worcester State community is coming together and connecting in new and exciting virtual ways. Recreation & Wellness has created a hub of all different resources and activities for not only Worcester State students, but faculty, staff, alumni, kids, and friends of the University. With just under 1,000 hits since the launch on April 2, the Virtual Recreation and Wellness page  has become a valuable resource for many.
Want to win a Champion shirt? Submit a video of your best trick shot—either with a basketball, or get creative with your ball of socks finding the laundry bin—by Wednesday, April 22. Want to sharpen some of your trivia knowledge? Join us on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. or join the national Quarantine Quiz Show on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Check out other chances with Caption Contests, and other engagement opportunities.
To work on your fitness, or just get some movement into your day, scroll down on the web page  to the “Physical” section and check out some recorded and live classes our WSU instructors have created. Post Workout Yoga and Wake Up Yoga with Mary have been the most popular so far with 48 and 73 views respectively. Pink Gloves Boxing is one of the most popular classes offered on campus and our instructors have worked tirelessly to bring class to their students’ living rooms, with 72 participants joining in the last set of classes. Countless other Physical Wellness resources are also provided on the website.
Help the Worcester State community cross the country and circle the world—virtually—in the Woo State Runs the World: A (Social) Distance Project. Any mile you travel while walking, running, or hiking can be logged on this form  to accumulate enough miles. It will take a collective 2,802 miles to get us across the U.S. and 24,901 miles to get us around the world. To date the community has logged 437 miles, which gets us to Virginia Beach.
If you can’t find a resource you are looking for, or have a great idea, share it with Wellness Center Director Dean Bowen or Brittany Rende. You can email them or join both of them on Mondays at 2 p.m. for a Zoom chat about all things Recreation and Wellness. Stay engaged with by visiting the Virtual Recreation & Wellness Page and follow @wsu_recwellness.
Written by Brittany Rende