You Belong at RecWell

By: Liana Stiegler, University Recreation & Wellness, Communications Assistant

The “You Belong at RecWell” video, released right before the beginning of fall semester, shouts out loud and clear to the UMD community:

The video features Active Terps of all different races, sexualities, and fitness preferences describing their experiences in the RecWell community. Each student has had a different RecWell experience. But whether their time is spent on the Rugby field or in the pool, teaching yoga class or supervising the weight room, they all agree that RecWell is a community where all Terps are welcome.

RecWell wants all Terps to “Rise Above”, as the video title suggests. But what does that mean?

Rise Above means rising above things that separate us rather than bring us together such as: fear, sexism, homophobia, shame, steoreotypes, differences, and assumptions. When we “Rise Above” these obstacles we are free to “Embrace”. We embrace values such as: respect, inclusion, diversity, unity.

Whether you are on a club team, play intramural sports, attend group fitness classes, go on adventure trips, or use the gym facilities, you are a part of the RecWell community.

Let’s take the Rise Above video’s message to heart- together, Active Terps can Rise Above and Embrace respect, inclusion, diversity, and unity!

What was your favorite message from the video?

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