JOLIET – Hiking. Kayaking. Backpacking. Bicycling. Even bird-watching.
These are just a few of the activities in which students, faculty and staff, and alumni at the University of St. Francis (USF) in Joliet participated from Sept. 18 through Oct.15, as they competed to win the fourth annual Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.
Hosted by the Outdoor Foundation, a nonprofit committed to reconnecting millennials with the outdoors, and sponsored by REI, The North Face, Hydro Flask, and ENO, the Campus Challenge aims to get students from more than 90 universities off the couch and into the wilderness.
To participate, students simply download the Campus Challenge app, join their university’s team, and log their outdoor activities during the Challenge to score points. Prizes for winners include national titles, free outdoor gear, and most importantly, bragging rights.
This is the first year USF entered the competition. The USF team was led by Recreation and Sport Management professor and Recreation Club Moderator Jerome Gabriel.
About the Outdoor Foundation & Outdoor Nation
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, action-oriented outreach and education programs, the foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors.
In 2010, the foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States.
To learn more about the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, visit oncampuschallenge.org and OutdoorFoundation.org.
About Recreation and Sport Management at USF
Established in 1974, the recreation and sport management department at USF has prepared students to enter the leisure services profession for nearly 40 years. The program was one of the first in the nation to become accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, and has been continuously accredited since 1983. Recreation and leisure are essential for strong communities and satisfying lifestyles. USF’s