Recreation and You


The Hansel E. Tookes, Sr. Student Recreation Center is a great resource for students, offering a plethora of services to fit the needs of students.

“It’s always a great day at the campus rec,” said Robert Carroll, Jr., director of campus recreation. “Students come to relieve stress, make friends and have lots fun.” Carroll also said, “There is always a strong connection and value here.”

Since the semester began, many students are eager to get involved on campus. And what better way to get involved than to use the campus rec center? After all, it’s funded by the Office of Students Activities and other service fees.

“When I tell people I am going home, they already know I mean the gym,” said Vincent Woodbury, also known as “Smash,” a third-year criminal justice student from Lake City, Fla. “It’s literally my second home!”

The rec center offers an array of activities including group workout classes and intramural sports, and equipment for your workout needs. The most popular classes, like yoga, Zumba, marine boot camp and spinning class, will resume next week. Some intramural sports, including softball, volleyball and soccer, will be co-ed for the first time and the seasons will run from the second week of September to early November. A final list of activities will be posted in upcoming weeks.

The rec center will also host special events throughout the semester, like tennis and soccer tournaments, that will be open for other universities. One highlighted event will be a John Cotton bench press competition, named in honor of FAMU law officer John Cotton.

The rec center says, according to it’s mission, it will continue “encouraging student participation and the development of leadership skills” and to foster “the spirit of teamwork, holistic living, and good sportsmanship.”