Next week is GOWeek at UNCG’s new Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, and the campus community is abuzz.
The Kaplan Center officially opened its doors on Aug. 1 and is now open to all students enrolled for the fall semester, but Monday marks the start of grand opening week – known on social media as #GOWeek2016.
From giveaways to free daily massages and the start of group exercise classes, GOWeek is an opportunity for UNCG students to check out all that the new facility offers and start getting active. The signature events? UNCG Soccer Showcase – a co-ed scrimmage featuring members of the men’s and women’s soccer teams – on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m., and a dive-in screening of “Finding Nemo” on Friday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. in the lap and activity pools.
So what’s new and different about the Kaplan Center? Students now have access to more than 20,000 square feet of weight and cardio space, seven basketball courts and a 54-foot climbing wall, among other wellness spaces and classrooms. The 216,000-square-foot building also offers a variety of new group exercise classes, as well as social spaces and seating areas where students can relax with friends and play billiards, shuffle board, video games and table tennis.
“I think the new facility represents UNCG and the campus community,” said UNCG senior Antonio Gonsalves. “There’s something for everyone here. This is an inclusive, diverse space.”
For junior Alexis Bryant, a newly-minted group fitness instructor, the design of the building – which is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification – has made all the difference.
“The openness and natural light of the space give you the motivation you need,” Bryant said. “I think people are going to love it here.”
And it’s not just the facility that’s new. Earlier this summer, UNCG’s Wellness Center and Campus Recreation merged to create the Department of Recreation & Wellness. UNCG Wellness, which provides education on sexual health, mental health, sexual violence and relationships, alcohol and other drugs, nutrition and body image, is now housed in the Kaplan Center.
“By bringing recreation and wellness together, we can expand the opportunities for students to engage and participate in a variety of programs, whether it’s a cycling class or a mental health workshop,” said Dr. Jill Beville, director of recreation and wellness. “We want to tap into all aspects of student well-being.”
Kaplan Center memberships are available for UNCG faculty, staff and alumni, and members may sponsor one additional person for membership. Recent alumni can join at a discounted rate.
Parking is available in Lot 49 located on Neal Street next to the Kaplan Center. The lot is designated as an “A” lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The lot is open to all members outside of these hours. Shuttle services from campus to the facility will also be available.
The dedication of the Kaplan Center will take place Friday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. Want to learn more? Visit recwell.uncg.edu for more information about the facility, upcoming GOWeek events and membership options.
Share your photos and videos from the Kaplan Center’s grand opening week on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #GOWeek2016 and #SpartanStrong.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications
Videography by University Communications