By Kyle Bellin
The intramural program is lead at the helm by Jarod Meyer, a younger gentleman full of bright ideas and a passion for moving the program in the right direction. Graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a Masters and Bachelors in Recreation Management. With his passion for sports it wasn’t a question that intramurals was the fit for him, along with that he also officiates high school football and basketball in his spare time.
Jarod took over the intramural program three years ago with couple goals in mind “I want to offer safe, fair, and fun activities for everyone on campus.” Making sure the experience of the students is a precedent because in the intramural world it’s all dependent on the student’s involvement. The number of participants has vastly increased over the time of him being here, thanks to all the new ideas that has come to the table to progress the intramural program.
What motivates Meyer to continue to offer quality programs “Is seeing people participating in our activities with their friends or people they met having a great time in an activity they grew up participating in or something new they are trying for the first time.” By providing the student body with plenty of opportunities to connect with new people while staying active.
Besides offering quality programs “I take great pride in the student development aspect and being able to see a student grow and mature whether that be from one semester to the next or year to year.” He is talking about watching his officials grow out of there shell and being vocal leaders during participation. Also seeing his supervisors grow and become more independent at nightly tasks and running each sport to the best ability.
Some of his fondest memories from Campus Rec is seeing the development of students and watching them take the skills they learned from Campus Rec and being able to take those with them for the rest of their life.
The right hand man for Jarod is Jordan Bazey the student assistant, who had to fill some big shoes due to the previous student assistant stepping down after two years of doing it. He has been an official for the intramural program for couple years then a supervisor for one year before tackling the student assistant position.
“I enjoy teaching the younger officials what I have learned through my experience.” Giving the students the same great experience as he got is very essential to the starting officials. Being consistent through everything you get taught can lead to every single person on the same page.
The intramural program plans to make and accommodate to the newer sports that arise to this fast changing world and give the students the newest games. Along with giving the students a fun filled experience for all athletic levels by providing single sport activities along with group sports.