Campus Recreation honors Black history and Black health through programs

January 18, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Starting Jan. 18 and continuing through the month of February, Penn State Campus Recreation, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, is honoring Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month with a series of departmental efforts and programs. Below is a listing of the events offered.

Selma March incentive 

Date: Jan. 18 to Feb. 28 

Join Campus Recreation in recognizing and honoring the historical significance of the three 54-mile marches from Selma to Montgomery that took place in March 1965. Run, walk, bike, row, elliptical or swim your way to Montgomery for the equivalent distance of the marches. These marches were held to demonstrate Black citizens’ desire to exercise their constitutional right to vote and to protest segregation in the South, particularly in Alabama. Each march played a significant role in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Students should complete the necessary total distance by Feb. 28 to receive a Black History Month ally pin.

"Move for Your Health"

Date: Jan. 18 to Feb. 28  

Using fitness classes and conversation, the importance of movement to a student’s health will be highlighted in each class. Campus Recreation will offer several “introductory” classes to provide opportunity to learn the basic steps. Additionally, classes in WERQ and BUTI Yoga formats have been added throughout the month. Each class will feature a different health inequity faced by the Black community. Classes will be offered virtually until Campus Recreation facilities reopen for in-person sessions. Students who join "Move for Your Health" classes will be offered complimentary 20-minute sessions with a certified personal trainer. These sessions will include a short facility and equipment tour followed by 20 minutes of training, giving participants an opportunity to have fitness questions answered.   

Outdoor representation and access: Film and dialogue

Date and Time: Coming Soon!

Black, Indigenous, and people of color have historically been underrepresented in outdoor spaces and activities. Through this event, Campus Recreation will promote equitable representation and access in outdoor recreation through watching film and engaging in conversations. These dialogues will encourage participants to support and advocate for this in our own community and beyond.  

Visit or download the Penn State Campus Recreation app for more information.

Last Updated January 18, 2021