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Into the unknown: How three Eagles took on the Appalachian Trail

Three Georgia Southern University students set out to hike the Appalachian Trail in February 2021. Christian Scott, Wilson Calhoun and Dillon Calhoun took a semester off of school and completed the 2190-mile hike, taking more than 130 days to complete.

“Wilson, Dillon and I went bioluminescent kayaking with Southern Adventures and we were immediately hooked,” said Scott. “Southern Adventures really solidified my decision to hike the Appalachian trail, because we had a whole team of people back home, who were stoked for us to do this.” 

These Eagles hiked through 14 states during their more than four month adventure. Some Southern Adventures members met up with the hikers along their journey. Together they spent time rock climbing along the trail, giving the guys a nice little reprieve.

“I learned so many new skills working at Southern Adventures. Everyone has been so encouraging, so I was really excited to tell them about the hike,” said Wilson Calhoun. Calhoun took his experience on the trail and is now sharing his expertise with others as a Trip Leader for Southern Adventures.

The men hiked 20 miles per day on average, with their longest single-day hike hitting 52 miles and completing the “four state challenge.” The four state challenge requires hikers to cover four states in one day: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

“Part of adventure is being uncomfortable, basically the whole trip was facing the unknown. I want to share the mindset of being excited to face the unknown with the people at Southern Adventures and our trip participants,” said Wilson Calhoun. 

Southern Adventures has a full calendar of backcountry survival skills from October 4-8, to learn more about these events visit cri.gs/southernadventures.


Campus Recreation now offers esports!

Are you a gamer? Check out our full slate of esports programming options at cri.gs/sportsoffered. In conjunction with traditional intramural sports, we are now offering a robust calendar of esports including Call of Duty Warzone, FIFA, Rocket League, Fortnite, Valorant, Madden League of Legends and MORE! 

Call of Duty Warzone is already underway and registration is open for our remaining fall leagues. Students from both Statesboro and Armstrong campuses can register to participate in esport Intramural leagues. 

At the end of the semester, we hope to host an in- person Legends 1v1 Tournament in our new esports space, called “The Nest,” located on the second floor of the RAC near the Sport Programs office. The Nest is dedicated to all of our intramural sports, but is also home to the esports club!

Intramural sports are a great way to get involved, get to know new people and have fun. Stop in at the RAC to learn more about our esports, and register to compete in one of our leagues at imleagues.com/georgiasouthern!


Welcome Back and Welcome to CRI

Welcome back!

Welcome back to campus, Eagles! We are so excited to have everyone on campus for an action-packed fall semester. 

Last year we proved our resilience as a campus, and have come back even stronger. This year at Campus Recreation and Intramurals, we are #bringinbackthefun! We hope you’ll join us for one of the many fun and exciting activities throughout the year. We truly do offer something for everyone – team sports, aquatics, fitness center, a full ESports calendar, adventure trips, shooting sports, golf and MORE!

As always, we work to maintain a safe, clean atmosphere for fun! Check out our facility hours at cri.gs/hours and follow us on social media @GSUCampusRec.

Stop in at the RAC or ARC and visit our exciting program areas. We cannot wait to see all of you!


At-Home Workouts to Help Keep You Healthy (physically and mentally) this Holiday Season

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It’s hard to find time around the holidays to take care of yourself, as it’s one of the busiest and most stressful periods of the year. But that’s why it’s crucial you schedule a few minutes every day to help keep your body and your mind healthy. Below are a few of our favorite methods to help you maintain a healthy heart and joyful soul. BONUS – get your whole family involved!

Physical Health Activities

Easy Exercises for the Holidays – Easy-to-fit routines for your jam-packed holiday schedule – from Good Housekeeping

Staying active during the holidays – These quick tips will help you plan ahead, prepare yourself for any eventuality, and provide workouts to help you stay active this holiday season – from verywellfit.com

Best exercises for women’s health and fitness – Compilation of helpful information on how to start a moderate exercise program – from AVAWORLD *Thanks, Amelia!*

3 quick and easy holiday workout ideas – Exercises, tips, and advice from well-known trainers throughout the country to make sure you’re not dreading the gym in the new year – from Mens Journal

The 12 exercises of holiday fun – There are a ton of holiday celebrations going on right now and how fun would it be to do a workout that fits right in with the holiday spirit? – from Triathlon Magazine Canada

70+ Group Fitness workouts from our own GS Group Fit Instructors

35 more Group Fitness workouts from our own GS Group Fit Instructors

6 weeks to fitness for absolute beginners – Whether you’ve taken a long break from exercise or you’re just getting started, this six-week program is the perfect place to begin. You’ll establish an exercise routine with simple, straightforward workouts that progress from week to week – from verywellfit.com

Mental Health Activities

Stress, depression and the holidays: tips for coping – Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression – from Mayo Clinic

5 things to do when the holidays aren’t exactly uplifting – Five things you can do if you find yourself stressed or depressed this holiday season – from Mental Health America

Healthy Holidays – Compilation of healthy holiday articles from Mental Health First Aid USA

Coping with holiday anxiety and stress – Understanding our stresses and worries can help us better prepare to cope and find new ways to enjoy the season – from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Avoiding holiday stressors: tips for a stress-free season – Of all the things on your holiday preparation to-do list, the most critical one is maintaining your mental health and practicing self-care – from National Alliance on Mental Health


5 Ways to Support Statesboro While Maintaining Social Distancing

  1. RAC Multiplex – Get some fresh air and take a walk around the walking trails that surround the RAC or kick the soccer ball around on the playing fields! Just remember to stay six feet apart!
  2. Statesboro Market2Go – Place an online order for fresh produce and homemade goods! Curbside pickups take place on Thursdays at Uncle Shug’s on Main.
  3. Southern Pottery and Art Studio – Want to get creative during quarantine? Southern Pottery and Art Studio is offering personally curated art-to-go kits for you to pick up curbside and create at home!
  4. Visit local parks – Visit Statesboro’s Gentilly Trail for a refreshing 2-mile walk or go kayaking at Magnolia Springs State Park just a short drive from Statesboro!
  5. Support frontline heroes – Do you know how to sew and have access to fabrics and materials? Face masks are crucial for our healthcare providers right now and Statesboro’s local hospital and healthcare facilities are accepting mask donations. Don’t have the ability to whip together masks? Make a sign of support for your yard or porch to show your support of our frontline heroes!

Visit griceconnect.com for a full list of business’ limited operations in Statesboro!

*While participating in any activity, please adhere to CDC recommendations, social distancing, and shelter-in-place laws.