This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Danny Sauer, the University of Dallas’ Recreational Sports intern, to talk about the athletic opportunities here on campus.
LH: How would you define your role here on campus?
DS: I’m in charge of organizing all the recreational sports on campus: intramurals, boxing and Zumba classes, workshops and sporadic tournaments throughout the year.
LH: What’s your goal for the campus?
DS: Just to keep everyone active and having fun. There are great opportunities out there: flag football starting on the 26th, volleyball the first week of November, a bowling tournament coming up, just great stuff.
LH: What about the Rec classes, how are those?
DS: The Rec classes are great opportunities to learn under professional instructors. Normally something like that costs $100 per month, and you can do it for just $25 per semester, that’s nothing.
LH: Who are these classes for?
DS: They’re open to anyone at the University: faculty, students and staff. I recommend boxing class for anyone who’s interested, especially the girls. Zumba is a great new workout; they say you can “Dance yourself into shape.” Basically it’s like a huge mob dancing around, high-energy cardio exercise.
LH: What would you say to someone who doesn’t think they have enough time?
DS: It’s only a couple hours per week, and late at night so that it doesn’t conflict with anything. Two hours is nothing, I mean, you eat lunch for two hours sometimes.
LH: Would you say the classes are a good place to meet people as well?
DS: Definitely. I’ve made a lot of friends in clubs and classes. It’s great to have people around you who are working toward the same goal together every week; it’s a great experience.
LH: How do you like your job in Rec Sports?
DS: It’s awesome. Setting up intramurals and sports classes, I mean, what’s more fun than athletic competition?
LH: What do you do for your own fitness?
DS: The gym has never really worked for me. I can’t lift weights or hit the treadmill without a goal, and that’s what these classes and sports give me. I’ve played all of the intramural sports and also rugby because they are opportunities to work out with a purpose.
LH: Do you have any personal fitness goals?
DS: I’m actually going to be competing in Fort Worth’s Golden Gloves tournament in February. It just gives me a great thing to work toward.
LH: It’s been a pleasure Danny, thanks for talking with me.
DS: No problem, thanks for getting the word out about the sports opportunities on campus.
Coming up in Rec Sports: Boxing Club, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-10 p.m., Zumba, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7 p.m., Flag Football starting Sept. 26, and a Rock Climbing wall during Charity Week.
Wellness tip of the week: Try out one of the aforementioned Rec classes for some fitness fun!