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CRI IMPACT 2020-2021

CRI Total Participation Numbers

Total participations = 221,074
Total unique participants = 11,749


Statesboro participations = 193,589
Statesboro unique participants = 10,477
Statesboro student participations = 186,307    
Statesboro unique student participants = 10,068


Armstrong participations = 27,485
Armstrong unique participants = 1,596
Armstrong student participations =   26,339
Armstrong unique student participants = 1,548

Average Cumulative GPA of CRI Participants


Fall 2020 cohort
Statesboro (n=972)
CRI Users (≥ 20 Visits) = 84.47%; 3.09
Non-users = 72.02%; 2.94 average cumulative GPA


Armstrong (n=101)
CRI Users (≥ 20 Visits) = 67.32%; 3.11 average cumulative GPA
Non-users = 56.43%; 2.79 average cumulative GPA

Average Cumulative GPA for CRI Student Employees

  • Undergraduate Students = 3.11
  • Graduate Students = 3.73

Retention Rate of CRI Participants

First-time Freshman Retention and GPA Information by CRI Visit Categories: Fall 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020 – Statesboro Campus

First-year Retention Rates of CRI Users by Visit Frequency

Mean First-year Cumulative GPAs (Retained CRI Users Only) by Visit Frequency

First-year Retention Frequencies by Visit Category

First-time Freshmen Retention and GPA Information, CRI Users (>=20 Visits) vs. Non-users: Fall 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020 – Statesboro Campus

“CRI Users,” as used in this section, refers to a sample of students who had at least 20 CRI visits for the year. Sample size was derived by randomly selecting students to match the gender and ethnicity subgroup frequencies observed in the smaller non-user group.

First-year Retention Rates of First-year by Group (CRI Users vs. Non-users)

Mean First-year Cumulative GPAs (retained students only) by Group (CRI Users vs. Non-users)

Georgia Southern University Armstrong & Statesboro Campuses, Office of Institutional Research 6 CRI FY21 Participation Report, 6/15/2021

CRI Strategic Priorities for 2020-2021

  1. Renovate the Armstrong Sports Center and Open The Armstrong Recreation Center (ARC) – COMPLETE

In December 2019, we were notified we would need to move our recreation operation on the Armstrong campus from its current location in the SRC to the Sports Center. In 8 short months, five of which were during the pandemic, we developed a plan and completed the $1 million renovation, shut down the SRC and opened the new ARC with all new operating procedures and COVID protocols. This was no small feat and all the credit goes to the recreation team at Armstrong and the university facility services team.

  1. Create a Sport Programs Office through the combining of Club and Intramural Sports on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campus – IN PROGRESS

While this strategic priority has not reached completion, we have made small steps in moving to our goal of restructuring and rebranding the intramural sports and club sports program into the office of sports programs. This will aid us in better aligning our resources and create efficiencies that are necessary due to the loss of a full time position and graduate assistant

  1. Develop an E-sports Program on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campus – COMPLETE

Progress was made in the development of esports programming with multiple new virtual program offerings through intramural sports. In addition, eagle esports became an official member of the club sports program and we were able to allocate dedicated space in the RAC for the current call of duty team and future esports teams. 

  1. Budget Management and Revenue Generation – COMPLETED YEAR WITHOUT IMPACTING RESERVES

Budget management and revenue has been an annual  priority in recent years due to the major environmental influences that have created significant shifts in revenue and expenses.

  1. Develop a Small Group Training Program in Statesboro – GOAL REACHED

A holdover priority from last year was the development of the Small Group Training program in Statesboro. Despite the pandemic, this program has established a strong foundation and has reached its goal of attracting 50 unique participants for 426 participant sessions.


Student employee training and development is a mainstain on our list of strategic priorities. This past year we updated and released our comprehensive online New Employee Orientation Program and certainly the pandemic provided real world experience for our students in the adaptation of our operations.

  1. Active participation in Student Affairs / University Initiatives – COMPLETE

We were once again excited to once again engage in divisional and university initiatives. CRI staff served on multiple division and university committees and continually had a presence at initiatives and programs and events on campus. This is a point of pride for CRI and it is shared with all new members of our team.

  1. CRI Staff Reorganization – ONGOING

CRI staff reorganization is a hold over priority from the past two years as we continue to wait on the opportunity to review our positions and implement changes appropriate for our current operations that have experienced significant change in the past four years.

  1. Strategic Approach To Marketing and Telling Our Story – COMPLETED IMPLEMENTATION OF #WHYICRI CAMPAIGN AND BLUE CAMPAIGN

We continually evaluate our marketing strategies and search for the most effective strategies to broaden our reach and maximize our resources. The #WhyICRI campaign in the two year culmination of an effort to better tell our story.

  1. Orr Excellence Scholarships – COMPLETE

CRI awarded 15 $1000 Orr Excellence Scholarships in fall 2020. The CRI Orr Excellence Scholarship is in its second year of existence and is funded through the generous gift left to CRI by Dr. James Orr, a former associate dean of student life at Georgia Southern. This scholarship recognizes a Georgia Southern student who has made an impact to campus through significant contributions as a CRI participant, volunteer or employee. Significant contributions are considered, but not limited to a role modelling of an active, healthy lifestyle, leadership directly within CRI, and/or volunteerism that enhances the quality of programs and services at CRI.

Student Learning Outcomes

CRI assessed student participants in multiple program areas to track the following Student Learning Outcomes. Responses were overwhelmingly positive with regards to health and wellness, inclusive excellence, community engagement and leadership. Career readiness was not asked.

The Division of Students Affairs supports the following student learning outcomes.  Students who participate in Student Affairs programs will…

Community Engagement
Demonstrate a commitment to personal integrity and social responsibility by meeting community needs through service

Health & Wellness
Practice behaviors that promote wellness and personal health. 

Inclusive Excellence
Develop intercultural knowledge that fosters meaningful engagements with others. 

Career Readiness
Identify learning from curricular and co-curricular experiences that apply to career pathways. 

Leadership Development
Identify personal values, beliefs, and skills that influence leadership in communities and organizations.

CRI Staff Accomplishments and Professional Development Efforts

28 Full Time Staff completed – 651 hours of professional development through participation in 274 programs and have more than 300 active certifications in a variety of disciplines that aid in providing high-quality service and offering a safe environment for our patrons.

(Number inside parenthesis below indicate the number of staff who hold certification)

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED Trained (All Staff)
  • CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor (29)
  • Certified Recreational Sports Specialist (2)
  • NRA Range Safety Officer (25)
  • United States Concealed Carry Association Instructor
  • AFAA Personal Trainer Certification (14)
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Certification (38)
  • Mad Dogg Spinning Certification
  • Sports Dietician Nutritionist Certification
  • Healthy Eating Everyday Facilitator Certification
  • Peak Pilates Basic Mat Certification (2)
  • TRX Certification
  • Sports Officiating Certification (18)
  • Wilderness First Aid Responder Certification (2)
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification (16)
  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor (2)
  • Certified Pool Operator
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (4)
  • Lifeguard Certification (41)
  • Lifeguard Instructor (14)
  • Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
  • Water Safety Instructor (4)
  • Athletic Training Board Certified (2)
  • Safe Space Training (6)
  • GCSAA Class A Superintendent
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator
  • QPR Training (6)
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1926.453
  • Level 2 USA Archery Coach Certification
  • Schwinn Cycling Certification
  • BOSU Instructor Certification
  • Pound Fitness Instructor License
  •  Barre Above Instructor Certification
  • YogaFit Level 1
  • Warriors (PTSD) Instructor Certification
  • Trauma Conscious Certified
  • Yoga for Addiction Recovery Certification
  • Level 4 NTS Archery Coach
  • Level 2 USA Archery Judge
  • Scholastic 3D Archery Certified Coach
  • Yoga Fit Certification
  • BodyPump Certification
  • Class A PGA Professional Certification
  • Woodway Mechanical Service Training Instructor
  • Professional Photography Certification
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Certification

CRI Staff Professional Development Efforts

CRI staff serve in several capacities both on and off campus. Below is a list of professional affiliations, community service efforts and board service positions held by CRI employees.

Board Service:

  • Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation – Board Member & Secretary 
  • Professional Women of Statesboro – Past President 
  • Leadership Bulloch Alumni – Member (2)
  • Georgia Golf Course Superintendent Association – Board Member

Professional Affiliations:

  • National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)
  • Georgia Intramural Recreational Sports Association (GIRSA)
  • Association of Outdoor Recreation Education & Recreation (AORE)
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
  • Professional Golfer’s Association of America (PGA)
  • National Golf Foundation (NGF)
  • American Safety Health Institute (ASHI)
  • American Red Cross
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
  • American Camp Association (ACA)
  • Climbing Wall Association (CWA)
  • National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Statesboro/Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce
  • Georgia Archery Association (GAA)
  • Southern Eagle Football Officials Association
  • Southern Eagle Basketball Officials Association
  • Georgia Golf Course Superintendent Association

State/Regional/National Events Hosted

CRI hosts a variety of state, regional and national events at it’s facilities every year, and is home to NCAA collegiate athletic competitions in the Aquatics Center and Shooting Sports Education Center in Statesboro. Not included in this list are events and tournaments traditionally hosted by our Club Sports teams, which could not be held in 2020-2021 due to COVID-19.

Event NameDateLocationType
GSGA Junior TourJuly 8, 2020Golf CourseState
Georgia PGA Junior TourSeptember 26, 2020Golf CourseState
GSGA Senior Four BallSeptember 17-19, 2020Golf CourseState
Men’s Collegiate InvitationalJanuary 30 – February 1, 2021Golf CourseRegional
Women’s Collegiate InvitationalFebruary 20-22, 2021Golf CourseRegional
GPro Tour TournamentMarch 16-19, 2021Golf CourseNational
Korn Ferry Tour QualifierMarch 16-19, 2021Golf CourseNational
GHSA 6A Area TournamentApril 18-19, 2021Golf CourseState
GISA Archery ChampionshipsFall 2020SSECState
GISA Archery ChampionshipsSpring 2021SSECState
GAA Indoor 18M TournamentSpring 2021SSECState
GAA JOAD Indoor 18M TournamentSpring 2021SSECState
GAA JOAD Indoor 18M TournamentSpring 2021SSECState
NASP Archery TournamentFall 2020SSECState
NFAA Southeast Sectional TournamentSpring 2021SSECRegional
USA Archery Level 1 & 2 Instructor Certification CourseSpring 2021SSECRegional
USA Archery Indoor NationalsSpring 2021SSECNational
USA Archery JOAD Indoor NationalsSpring 2021SSECNational
NCAA Women’s Rifle QualifierSpring 2021SSECNational

Individual Personal Stories Highlighting CRI’s Impact

We wanted to develop a method for telling our story. We thought, what better way than by giving our participants and student employees the opportunity to tell their CRI story. And the #WhyICRI campaign was born. We have interviewed and published more than 50 stories over the last year from people as passionate about CRI as we are. The most incredible outcome from this campaign was listening to how CRI has impacted, developed and changed the lives of the individuals who engage with our programs and services. We’re looking forward to the next stage of the #WhyICRI campaign to begin Fall ’21.

Cole Norsworthy

Hey guys — I’m Cole, a fitness enthusiast!

I am actually a transfer student so I didn’t get involved with CRI until about a year ago. However, my love for fitness actually began my senior year of highschool. I have found that there are a lot of benefits to working out – it is a great mental break and confidence booster.

After becoming a fitness regular at the RAC, I decided I would like to work for CRI. I was lucky enough to score a position as a fitness specialist! My long term goal is to become a personal trainer so working here is a great experience for me. I love my job, working out, and the experience that CRI offers me!

Josie Black

I grew up an athlete, so I have always had a love for the gym. I started coming to the Armstrong gym in January of 2020. At first, I was a little intimidated because I was used to going to my neighborhood gym – so the ARC felt like a whole new world to me. But once I got my foot in the door, I felt so welcomed.

I grew up an athlete, so I have always had a love for the gym. I started coming to the Armstrong gym in January of 2020. At first, I was a little intimidated because I was used to going to my neighborhood gym – so the ARC felt like a whole new world to me. But once I got my foot in the door, I felt so welcomed.

Cinnamon and Janina

Today’s #WhyICRI comes from two of the most fun and energetic staff members on campus. They work in the College of Education and have been some of the most loyal Small Group Training participants!

J: Around October, Cinnamon signed us up for Small Group Training. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t totally on board at first, but I wanted to support my friend.

C: Yeah, and after our first few classes, we were hooked! The combination of the group setting and the instructor’s excitement makes it so fun! It showed me that I need a community to keep going because I’m not intrinsically motivated to be physically fit. I need to make sure I have friends that want to do it with me and some people that can hold me accountable.

J: Even when we feel like we can’t do anymore in class, we all encourage each other. I love that support because I can’t do it on my own. I need that push! And it’s really challenging some days, but I love it and I look forward to going to my SGT class. Cinnamon knew I needed that push to be active because I’ll make excuses and skip out, but my friends don’t let me slack off. They tell me I can do this, and once I’m there I’m excited and ready to workout.

C: Now, we can’t miss getting in a workout. Even though we’re between SGT sessions right now, we keep going to the RAC to exercise with our group because we’ve gotten so close — we’re like a unit that just functions together which is really cool! We all hold each other accountable.

J: When we first started, I couldn’t do a sit-up – I’d been doing ceiling touches – but then one day I just started doing them! I was so excited in the middle of our workout, but I think our instructor was even more excited for me than even I was. It was awesome. That’s the experience that you get in Small Group Training.

C: And our goals have changed since the beginning. We just wanted to be “skinny” and have the ideal body, but now we’re stronger and have more endurance which is awesome even if we don’t have “the perfect body.” I can run and lift weights now which is a huge improvement. It’s really taught me that being healthy and living well is more important.

Quayvis Hardy

Today’s #WhyICRI comes to you from Quayvis Hardy, a fierce competitor on the field and in the classroom.

— Competition is in my blood. My competitive nature began with my dad’s support. When I was young, he put me into a lot of sports to see which one I liked – it turns out I liked a lot of them! Playing competitively pushes me to perform better and encourages me to play like I’m the best player on the field. I played a lot of different sports in high school so intramurals allow me to still feel like an athlete.

And yeah, I’ve done it all here – I’ve played on teams with friends and have joined other teams as a free agent. I just want to play! It’s really cool that you make friends and form bonds no matter who you’re on a team with.

Beyond the social aspect, being active and playing intramurals helps physically and mentally. Not only does being on the court or on the field bring out my competitiveness, but you know just having the best grades in the classroom too – you know that’s also a very competitive state for me.

Being able to compete in the National Intramural Flag Football Championship in Texas was an awesome moment. I had so much fun seeing other competitive teams playing against each other and meeting people from all over the country. It was cool to see how passionate everyone was. And my team really developed like a brotherhood while we traveled, stayed in hotel rooms and competed together — it created such an awesome experience that I want to get there again! Traveling to another state also opened my mind to different possibilities I might have after college and moving to a new city for my career! It was really an eye-opening experience for me.

Walker Summers

This week’s #WhyICRI story comes from Walker Summers.

I’m a member of the Shotgun Team, as well as an employee at the Shooting Sports Education Center (SSEC). The SSEC has given me the opportunity to try so many different things. As a member of Club Sports, we get to travel around, see new places and experience new disciplines to shoot.

Working at the SSEC has been a huge blessing. My supervisors are constantly challenging me, wanting me to be as good as I can be. They’ve allowed me to take on more of a supervisory role this year, and have encouraged me to pursue more certifications. When I show an interest in something, they make sure I’m able to do it.

As an employee, I’ve had the opportunity to educate individuals and groups through classes, as well as do some public speaking. My position at the SSEC has allowed me to network in the community and meet interesting people. Through working here, I’ve been able to see that I love talking to people and meeting people and keeping up with relationships, which has solidified my career choice in a field where I get to have ongoing friendships with a network of people I can rely on. I’ve found somewhere I think I will fit. I wouldn’t have had that epiphany without working here.

CRI IMPACT Presentation 2020-2021

Last updated: 9/15/2021