Letter From the Director – Fall 2019
Laurie Braden, Executive Director of LSU UREC, invites all students to UREC’s All Access Welcome Back Party on August 20.
You Can Play
“You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit. ”
UREC is speaking out against homophobia and discrimination in recreation and sport and its professional staff and student employees are committed to the You Can Play project. Research shows that play is essential to learning and well being. UREC allows all students to play, learn, and succeed. So no matter where you’re from, your race, your religion or not, your identity, or your sexuality, if you can play, you can play at UREC.
Inclusion in UREC Facilities and Programs
Anyone utilizing University Recreation facilities shall have access to the changing, shower, and toilet facilities that correspond with their gender expression.
All eligible Intramural participants can participate in the gender-specific league that affirms each participant’s personal gender identity. The participant’s gender identity will also be applied when there are gender-specific rules or player ratio requirements in CoRec leagues. Any matters that may arise in regards to gender identity within Intramural Sports participation can be subject to review on a case-by-case basis by the Sport Programs Staff.
Our personal trainers are here to help all participants of UREC, they are trained to tailor workout routines to the specific needs of the individual. This includes individuals with disabilities, injuries, or those that may be in the recovery process. Documentation of approval to participate in personal training sessions is required by a participant’s doctor prior to beginning any personal training sessions.
In alignment with LSU’s Commitment to Community, University Recreation embraces and supports, in practice, the value of fostering mutual respect between all individuals. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment through hiring and developing culturally competent staff members and providing programs that support our diverse community and perspectives. In preserving the spirit of community, it is essential that all have the opportunity to exercise their right to express individual human and cultural identities. We can ensure UREC remains conducive to learning and acceptance through a collective commitment and courteous interactions.
Here at LSU University Recreation, we are committed to creating a welcoming and diverse climate for all participants. Many of the full-time UREC staff have partaken in LSU Safe Space Training. This training familiarizes individuals with the LGBTQ population, how to be an ally, and how to create a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ to participate. Recreation is a vital part to a healthy lifestyle for all people and UREC is committed to diversity of all types.
- Completed August 2013
- New Challenge Course built across the street from University Recreation Complex.
- Contains high and low elements that focus on team building activities.
- Completed August 2014
- Expanded current field complex on River Road and Gourrier Avenue.
- Moved and replaced four lighted softball fields and four lighted multi-purpose fields.
- Expanded fields to include fields that encompass four softball fields in a wagon wheel configuration.
- Complete complex is 27 acres.
- Completed August 2014
- Added 344 parking spaces and 9 new tennis courts at University Recreation.
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony September 2017
- Updated current indoor swimming pool.
- Gutted and redesigned locker rooms.
- Moved administration offices to the front of the facility to better serve students.
- Expanded 13,000 sq. ft. of cardio/weight space to 40,431 sq. ft.
- Added to exisiting facility:
- Approximately 1/3 mile indoor jogging trail
- Turfed Functional Training Area
- Indoor Sloped Training Ramp
- 35 ft. climbing wall and bouldering area
- Outdoor pool area with LSU logo shaped leisure river and 8 lane lap pool
- 3 additional indoor courts for basketball, badminton, futsal, volleyball, and other open recreation needs. This gives students 8 total indoor courts.
- Fitness Assessment Center
- Boxing Studio
- Mind/Body Studio