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Group Fitness Instructor Spotlight - Avani Shah

Avani Shah doing a yoga pose

Meet Avani Shah, am OwlFit group fitness instructor  and Sophomore Marketing major! Avani teaches yoga for OwlFit and is certified with AFAA for for group fitness and Hatha Yoga as well as has an SCW Yoga I certification. 

Avani originally chose to come to Kennesaw State University because of its unique opportunities available to students through its large student body, small classroom sizes and leadership opportunities. 

Being a group fitness instructor applied to Avani with her interest in continually trying to learn new things. There’s always something new to learn through every class taught. After practicing yoga on her own for a few years, her passion grew and teaching became an attainable reality through the OwlFit Group Fitness Instructor Prep Program. “I felt that it would be a great way to share my joy with others.” 

Joining in with OwlFit, whether through being a participant in the programs or taking interest in working for the team, allows for everyone to be part of the community. “One of my favorite things about being part of OwlFit is that everyone has their own stories and journeys, but shares a common passion for fitness and wellness.” 

 

Let’s get to know Avani a little more: 

What's your secret to staying motivated?

My secret to staying motivated is seeing exercise as a self-investment, the work I put in now will not only help me now but also years down the line.  

Favorite Post Workout Snack:

My favorite post-workout snack isn't the best, but I love Animal Crackers and a Body Armor 

Go-To Workout Song:

This is a tricky one! I would say the top favorites that I have on repeat would be Yo Visto Asi by Bad Bunny, Power by Kanye West, and The Chain by Fleetwood Mac


Looking to get connected with OwlFit? Check out the multiple opportunities available on our website

  • Justin Jones

    Meet Justin Jones, a trip leader for the Nature Bound program within Outdoor Adventures! Justin found his home in Outdoor Adventures after getting involved and going on two different trips during this freshman year. After the second trip, Justin applied to work as a trip leader and now, the rest is history! 

    Justin has always been interested in the outdoors and outdoor sports getting involved with Outdoor Adventures gave him the opportunity to explore this passion even further. While Kennesaw State wasn’t his first choice of college, the unique experiences and offerings changed his mind. Justin signed up for his first Nature Bound trip the second week of his first semester of college. Getting involved early made a huge difference in his college experience and has helped shape his future career aspirations.

    “I consider myself very lucky that I found Outdoor Adventures within my first semester at KSU. OA has had a direct impact on my life and helped me to find my purpose and what I want to do when I graduate from KSU. The friends and memories you make through Outdoor Adventures will be priceless. Some of my favorite memories are directly tied to OA, the trips we have been on, and the shenanigans we get up to.

    OA brings together all kinds of people from diverse backgrounds, united by our love for the outdoors and desire to push ourselves, either mentally or physically. One word that comes to mind when I think of OA is accepting. When I came to OA, I came in with a passion for the outdoors, but I had virtually no experience with any outdoor sports. Each trip leader became a friend and taught me the basics and even the more technical skills in each sport that has become such a big part of my life now. And one very unique, but amazing result of spending time in the outdoors with others is that it naturally leads to very deep and meaningful connections and conversations with others. This is possibly my favorite part of OA.”

    Justin has held multiple positions within Outdoor Adventures including being a Nature Bound trip leader, a climbing gym attendant, and an Outdoor Adventures desk attendant. Through each of these positions, he was able to learn new technical skills of various sports, professionalism, leadership and most importantly, so many life lessons. 

    Outdoor Adventures offers a large variety of experiences for each person involved, creating memories to last a lifetime. “…One of my favorite [memories] has to be going out to Colorado with some of the coolest people I know. I have plenty of stories of the fun we had during that trip, so I won't get into any specific stories but rest assured that the 25-hour van ride, rock climbing in the middle of the Kansas grasslands, sleeping under the stars in the Colorado desert, climbing a 200 foot arch in Utah, and shaving our friends head has given me plenty of funny stories and fond memories. I will never forget that trip.”

    Looking back at his college experience, Justin wants to encourage others to get involved with Outdoor Adventures. With the ability to try unique sports and offer exciting experiences, you'll be able to learn more about yourself than you realize. Interested in getting involved? Stop by the Outdoor Adventures Suite in the Student Recreation and Activities Center or sign up online for your next #ksuadventure! 

  • Graham Davis on gold background

    Graham Davis is a Senior Exercise Science major and an OwlFit Personal Trainer with the department of Sports and Recreation at Kennesaw State University. He has been working as a personal trainer for two and a half years and is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

    As a freshman, Graham came to KSU unsure of what he wanted to major in. After visiting, he was drawn to the campus and liked that there were so many options for students to explore. Getting more into fitness and becoming a personal trainer has helped shape his future career aspirations. After seeing the improvements in multiple area’s of his life, Graham decided to pursue becoming a personal trainer. “I wanted to help others reap similar rewards for themselves”. 

    The OwlFit program offers many ways for students to reach their fitness goals - group fitness, small group trainings, special events like fitness challenges, and of course personal training. “I think all the trainers and group fitness instructors genuinely want to help you achieve your goals. For everyone here, it is very rewarding to help people”. 

    Regular exercise can make so many positive impacts on your daily life. One of the biggest barriers for many is keeping motivation up, especially when you begin a new routine. Graham says that there is no real secret to staying motivated. “I just make sure to get some type of activity each day because I know it is good for my mind and body.” 

    Let’s get to know Graham a little more:

    Favorite Exercise: Barbell Squat

    Go-To Workout Song: Dreams and Nightmares - Meek Mill

    Interested in personal training with OwlFit? Checkout our website to learn more about our program options and rates. 

  • Meet Samantha Nace, an Exercise Science major with a minor in Nutrition and an OwlFit Group Fitness Instructor. Sam is in her fourth year here at Kennesaw State and has been part of the OwlFit team for 2 years. She is certified as an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor as well as in Schwinn Indoor Cycling. Sam teaches strength circuits and HIIT with OwlFit. 

     Sam Nace holding a kettlebell
    Sam is originally from Maryland and decided to take a chance on Kennesaw State, not really knowing anyone! She really liked the location of KSU and the campus made her feel right at home. In addition to the diverse population, Sam realized the number of opportunities that KSU students are given. Everything worked out for the best! “It’s been a great place to be as I figure out who I am and what I’m passionate about!”

    Instructing Group Fitness for OwlFit has become one of those passions for Sam. “Ever since the beginning of high school, I have always had a fond interest/passion for nutrition and fitness. It grew more throughout my years in high school and into college as I got more knowledgeable and continuously tried out new foods/diets, new sports and new ways to train and move my body. During this process, I tried out some group fitness classes early in my freshman year of college. I found them not only to be really fun, but I realized that being on stage coaching people through workouts was something that I knew I would love and be good at. While this was something very out of my comfort zone, I went for it. I have learned so much since then and I have loved being a coach and helping others through fitness.

    OwlFit is such a great opportunity and great resource offered to KSU students. Whether you're someone that already loves fitness or someone that wants to learn more about fitness and meet new people, OwlFit is a great place to be. We offer fitness classes at no cost by certified fitness professionals that have either been in your position before or are still in your position. The instructor/trainers are super relatable, but also very fun and knowledgeable, which makes them really easy to work with. Also, if you are someone that has a passion for health and fitness and you want to use that to help others, then OwlFit is for you. We offer so many job and educational opportunities for students to get into the field of health and fitness and start their own journey. I personally believe OwlFit was the best decision I made in college and in my career as a fitness professional. You have so many great resources and so much support from others. It is definitely a great place to start your fitness career.”

    As Sam has learned throughout her journey, fitness translates so much to our everyday lives. “I don’t always feel motivated to move my body, but what keeps me consistent is discipline, self responsibility and passion. Doing what I said I would do because I know the outcome that it will bring; I know it will make me a better me and bring me one step closer to my goals. The power of YOU is so strong, so don’t underestimate your strength and your capabilities.” 

    Let’s get to know Sam a little more: 

    Favorite Exercise: Recently I’ve been loving the deadlift; all variations. It’s a great compound lift that I have progressed a lot in recently.

    Favorite Post Workout Snack: It depends what time of the day, but typically I love a good protein shake and a banana!

    Go-To Workout Song: I love ALL types of music. I don’t think I can just pick one song, but my favorite genres to workout to are EDM, rock and hip-hop! 

    Join in on a group fitness class for your next workout!

  • Meet Amanda DeLeon, a Senior Integrated Studies major and an OwlFit Personal Trainer. Amanda has held many positions with Sports and Recreation including facility manager, OwlFit Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer. 

     Amanda DeLeon on gold background lifting weights

    As a group fitness instructor, Amanda was able to combine her history of dance growing up into teaching yoga. Amanda feels like dance and yoga are very connected, you could even call them 3rd cousins. As she continued with yoga classes, she realized that this role allowed her to serve the community she lived and worked in. Realizing her impact on the community and specifically, the individuals who attended her class, inspired Amanda to keep teaching. While yoga got her into instructing, she expanded her offerings to include cycling, strength circuits and then made the jump into personal training. 

    As a personal trainer, Amanda is able to work one on one with other KSU students on their fitness goals. Having this personalization and really getting to know her clients is something she really loves about training. Another key aspect of interest for Amanda was the combination of training and the science behind program design. Working with OwlFit opened multiple doors in her professional career path and she credits the OwlFit team with much of her training. 

    Let’s get to know Amanda a little more: 

    What is your favorite exercise? Deadlift  

    What’s your secret to staying motivated? Accountability and keeping a consistent routine

    Favorite Post Workout Snack: Bananas  

    Current Go-To Workout Song: Lemonade – Gucci Mane  

    Make sure to say hi to Amanda next time you visit one of our facilities! Find out more about personal training options with OwlFit!

  • Moochie Packer on Stationary Bicycle

    Madolyn “Moochie” Packer is someone who you have probably seen if you visit the Student Recreation and Activities Center. Being part of the staff team as both a facility manager and group fitness instructor, Moochie has made Sports and Recreation a large part of her KSU experience. Let's get to know Moochie: 

    Why did you become an OwlFit Group Fitness Instructor? I had always been around OwlFit because I worked in facilities first and I was always intrigued so one day I went to the Fitness Coordinator and asked how to join and she very quickly took me under her wing and showed me what the fitness industry was like and I knew it was where I belonged. 

    Why should someone get involved with OwlFit? College is a really good time to build your resume and get the experience you need to decide where in the field you want to go. OwlFit is also very much a family so you have a support system surrounding you. 

    What is your favorite exercise? Any classic barbell exercise like squat, deadlift, or bench press.

    Favorite Post Workout Snack: Protein Shake

    What's your secret to staying motivated? I've learned through my schooling that movement is truly medicine so it's how I show my body protection and care. 

    Say hi to Moochie next time you see her at the SRAC or join in on one of her fitness classes - cycle express or strength circuits! 

  • Our student employees work hard not only to run amazing programs and services, but also in the classroom! We would like to congratulate the following student staff members on earning a spot on the University's President's List (4.0 semester GPA) or Dean's List (3.5 semester GPA). 

    President's List:
    Moira Hale-Facilities
    Brevin Barnes-Climbing Gym
    Reagan Poteet-OwlFit Programs
    Tamlen Darga-OwlFit Programs
    Alexandra Walsh-OwlFit Programs
    Katie Hopkins-Aquatics
    Chloe King-Aquatics
    Francisco Orozco-Aquatics
    Samuel Rockaway-Aquatics
    Antwan Lucas-Owls Nest Facilities

    Dean's List:
    Jelissa Jose-Facilities
    Elijah Swift-Facilities
    Amanda DeLeon-Facilities/OwlFit Programs
    Dashan Richards-Facilities
    Angela Nweke-Facilities
    Shonderious Bailey-Facilities
    Karis Morris-Facilities
    John "Jed" Parker-Facilities
    Ange Kouam-Facilities
    Nick Shanks-Facilities
    Avani Shah-OwlFit Programs
    Grace Buckley-OwlFit Programs
    Micah Smith-OwlFit Programs
    Ross Barnes-Marketing
    Timothy Callaway-Aquatics
    Nia Taylor-Aquatics
    Mary McKnight-Aquatics
    Jonah Bene-Aquatics
    Kyle Wood-Aquatics
    Chris Nguyen-Aquatics
    Naomi Israel-Aquatics
    Austin Cosby-Owls Nest Facilities
    Ian Hopkins-Owls Nest Facilities
    Xavier Dorsett-Owls Nest Facilities
    Christian Aka-Intramural Programs

    Congratulations on all your hard work!

  • Ann M in the indoor pool getting ready for a swim

    Working out at the recreation centers isn’t just for the students! Adjunct Professor, Ann Menna, regularly gets her exercise in at the indoor pool in the Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center on the Kennesaw Campus. Professor Menna teaches with the Bagwell Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education and has been at Kennesaw State for a year and a half. 

    Professor Menna has been working her way towards swimming the length of the Chattahoochee River (430 miles!) by participating in the Chattahoochee River Swim Challenge with the OwlAquatics program! She began participating for the comradery and wanting to be part of something with other ‘pool people’! She also credits swimming to benefiting her overall health by keeping her in shape and using this type of exercise to stretch out her muscles after exercising in other ways. 

    “I really enjoy KSU pool. The lifeguards have been so friendly and kind when I am swimming.  I am new to Georgia and they were very kind and helpful when I first got here. I love that the pool is never too crowded to swim! I get my own lane and that is AWESOME!! The pool is always clean and so is the locker room and showers.”

    Ann Menna swimming laps in the indoor pool 

    Are you new to swimming? Professor Menna encourages you to swim slow at first! Swimming is a fully body exercise which can be very tiring to beginners or those jumping back in! “It gets better with each swim that you do!” 

     Check out all of our OwlAquatics offerings - from swim lessons to Master’s Swim team on our webpage! You can also start the Chattahoochee River Swim Challenge at any point! Just log your swims here!

  • Congratulations to the Fall Class of 2020! We admire your resilience and determination to finishing your degree in these unprecedented times. The Department of Sports and Recreation would like to especially congratulate our student employees!

    Adrian Perez

    Adrian Perez giving a thumbs up

    Adrian has worked as an OwlFit Personal Trainer getting to work with KSU students on their fitness goals! He is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. One of the biggest things that he learned while working as a personal trainer is being confident in what you have to say! “If you are timid when you say something, even it if is the right thing, it won’t come across as well and might not be taken seriously. Confidence is key, so just be bold!”

    Quote Adrian lives by: “Don’t be afraid to be wrong! "The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life." - Confucius”.

    After graduation, Adrian plans on working in the tech industry and is currently looking for the perfect opportunity for his skill set. He also plans on keeping fitness in his life by doing some form of personal training in his free time!

    Congratulations Adrian!

  • womens lacrosse team

    As with most things in 2020, Club Sports looked a little different this year. Club teams were not able to travel and compete against other universities due to the pandemic. Many new changes were implemented within the club team setting - socially distant practices, recommended mask mandates, and strict sanitization of equipment.

    Women’s Club Lacrosse decided to continue with practices twice a week during the fall semester. “Although things have been different and we have had to adjust in many ways, we’ve all stayed positive and done whatever we can to enjoy our time together. This season acted as somewhat of a "get-away” from the stresses of the outside world which helped many get through these uncertain times.

    COVID-19 has indeed changed things for our club, but it has not changed our attitudes. The main priority for our team, this semester, was to provide an outlet for girls who wanted to have fun, stay healthy, and enjoy a sport they love. By providing a safe space for our teammates, we have helped many to get through an incredibly difficult time.”

     womens lacrosse team practicing drills

    This semester brought unforeseen challenges, especially creating that team atmosphere with new members. Missing the normal opportunities of travel and competition, the team has “spent this semester really focusing on how we can improve as a team”. With mostly new members, Women’s Club Lacrosse has had to focus on making sure everyone is forming strong bonds in a safe manner. By making sure to rotate through partners at practices the teams mixes it up and gets everyone talking to different members. The team also makes sure to enforce a positive and welcoming atmosphere by encouraging throughout practice and taking the time to teach various skills. All of these efforts help to make sure the women on the team feel comfortable being themselves and create bonds throughout the team.

    “After this fall semester, our club feels as though we are capable of taking on anything. We’ve had to navigate through a lot within the past few months but we have managed to persevere and ultimately come out stronger on the other side. We have done a great job at staying on top of things and learning all about new ways in which we can ensure our club will thrive while, most importantly, remaining positive through it all.”

    As this semester draws to an end, the team is looking toward the upcoming season full of hope and their eyes set on the end of season tournament. With all of the hours spent in practice, strong team bonds and resilience learned in 2020 the team believes that their goals are more than achievable.

     Keep up with Women’s Club Lacrosse by following them on Instagram

     For more information on Club Sports at Kennesaw State University, please visit: sportsrec.kenensaw.edu/clubsports

  • Justin is a first year student at KSU who has been participating in the Chattahoochee River Swim Challenge hosted by our Aquatics program! By tracking his swims, Justin is moving up on the leaderboard and is getting closer to the goal of swimming the length of the Chattahoochee River - 430 miles!

    The Chattahoochee River Swim Challenge is a great way to track your swims! “I get a better idea of how much progress I've made and of how long I've been training by doing the challenge.”

    Swimming has helped Justin with his overall health goals. “It is definitely good for endurance because I wouldn't have thought I could swim as long as I do, but I push my limits and learn more about what I am capable of every time I train.”

     Justin in the pool

    Although Justin is taking all online classes this semester, he didn’t let that stop him from getting involved on campus. In addition to the Chattahoochee River Swim Challenge, Justin also participates in the Master’s Swim program! This program offers a coached workout during the week for anyone over 18 years of age. With COVID halting many programs earlier this year, the Master’s team was able to practice once the fall semester had started. Being able to get involved helped Justin connect with other students and he was able to learn lesser known skills like turns and starts from the team.

    Check out all of our Aquatics offerings - from swim lessons to Master’s Swim team on our webpage!

  • Katie Hopkins is a Junior majoring in Marketing and is a participant in the Chattahoochee River Swim Challenge hosted by our Aquatics program! By tracking her swims, Katie is moving up on the leader board and is getting closer to the goal of swimming the length of the Chattahoochee River - 430 miles!

    “I participate in the Chattahoochee River Swim Challenge because it is a fun way for me to keep track of all the yards that I swim each week and it is rewarding to see how far I’ve come!

     Katie Hopkins swimming in pool

    Swimming has benefited my overall health in numerous different ways!  I have been in this sport since I was 8 years old and I find that swimming has more and more benefits as I continue in the sport.  Swimming is a great sport physically and mentally, and I always find that after a stressful day it is so nice to unwind and relax with a swim.”

    New to swimming or looking to get into the sport? Katie encourages beginners to not be afraid and to try something new. “Swimming can be an intimidating sport, but it is also a sport that teaches an essential life skill that is beneficial for everyone to learn.  The swimming community is very welcoming, and it is never too late to get involved in this sport!”

    Katie also participates in the Master’s Swim Team! The KSU Master’s Team is an opportunity to pursue a lifelong love of swimming for Sports and Recreation members over 18 years in a supportive, coached, team practice! This is a great option for those looking to prepare for a competition in a swim meet or triathlon. Swimmers of all abilities and levels from novice to competitive are welcome! Katie says the team is always excited to have new swimmers!

    Check out all of our Aquatics offerings - from swim lessons to Master’s Swim team on our webpage!

  • Avani Shah is a sophomore Business Marketing major and a group fitness instructor with OwlFit. She has been practicing yoga for 4 years and teaches a variety of classes including Yin, restorative, and Hatha Yoga!

    Avani Shah with yoga mat

    In celebration of National Yoga Awareness month, we asked Avani about her practice and advice for those interested in getting into Yoga. Being able to do your practice anywhere and with no equipment is one of her favorite things. “Yoga has played a major role in helping me de-stress and take time for myself to practice being present and patient!” Who couldn’t benefit from being more present and patient?

    “I would encourage someone to begin practicing yoga because the benefits are long term! It’s great for maintaining and increasing your body’s strength, flexibility, and mobility for now and long into the future.”

    New to yoga? Don’t feel intimated. Avani’s advice: “Be patient! When people think of yoga they assume they must be flexible or they won’t be good, which is so untrue! I encourage people to come practice because overtime that flexibility will increase, you just have to be patient!”

    Ready to begin? Join Avani and other OwlFit instructors in our virtual group fitness programs! Yoga is offered multiple times throughout the week and can be a great way to start or end your day.

  •  

    Delvin Wheaton is a Junior Organizational Communications major and a group fitness instructor with OwlFit! He has been practicing yoga for 2 years. With OwlFit, Delvin teaches a variety of yoga including Power, Vinyasa and Hatha.

     Delvin Wheaton with Yoga Mat


    In celebration of National Yoga Awareness month, we asked Delvin a few of his favorite things about the practice. “My favorite thing about yoga is the change that it reveals. In any aspect, practicing will show you that you'll always keep changing and growing, but that you'll always have more to learn, which is exciting to me. Yoga has taught me discipline and how to take better care of myself. I've realized that in a posture, or off the mat, there's always a variation I can take to get through something."

    When asked why someone should begin practicing yoga, Delvin said it will help people find themselves. “To me, there isn't any way in which you can slow down and not learn about yourself through what yoga has to offer you.”


    “Keep trying and realize that continued practice is a success alone. Many learn to walk, and still fall, it doesn't mean you don't try and walk again! Most importantly watch your breathing, breath is what you'll always return to, even in the hardest asana whether it's on the mat or off one.”

     
    Ready to begin? Join Delvin and other OwlFit instructors in our virtual group fitness programs! Yoga is offered multiple times throughout the week.

    OwlFit Group Fitness
  • “My time at KSU was completely changed because I was involved in Outdoor Adventures. People always tell you to get involved in something when you go to college.OAA is what I chose, and I feel like it was the best decision I made in college!"

     Joey Website with Snowboard

    How long were you a part of Outdoor AdventuresOAA)? What was your role?

    I was a participant and trip leader inOAA all throughout college (2011-2014). My only regret is not learning aboutOAA earlier during my first semester in school.

    How did Outdoor Adventures impact your life at KSU?

    OAA was the best college job I could have every asked for! My first trip was a snowboarding trip to Park City, UT - an AMAZING experience at an affordable price that would not have been possible withoutOAA. I connected with the trip leaders and realized they were getting PAID to lead a snowboarding trip! As an outdoor adventure enthusiast, I knew I had to do whatever it took to become a trip leader. I spent a few weekends every semester leading trips of my own, and attending others as a participant because I was either getting paid, or getting opportunities to try new activities at a more affordable price. I found a job opportunity to have incredible adrenaline infused experiences like skydiving, hang gliding, kayaking,canoeingg in alligator infested swamps,kiteboardingg beach trips, AND get paid for them. That was a dream come true.

    How has it impacted life after college?/What knowledge or skills do you still use?

    Post college, I was very sad to not have that opportunity anymore, and even debated staying in school part-time to continue the fun work. During my time withOAA, I learned the importance of planning for trips instead of “just winging it”, and how to positively and enthusiastically lead a group of individuals cohesively. I use those leadership and communication skills in my businesses today. I also learned a lot about caring for our environment through Leave No Trace. I use and teachLNTT to friends and family on our adventures in Hawaii. I learned to think ahead and how to respond to potential emergency situations through Wilderness First Aid, which empowers me on adventures. I also learned a lot about camping that I never knew, like sleeping in hammocks and how to stay warm, starting a fire with two sticks, how to react and prepare for bears (bear hangs, hands up/move backwards slowly), how to use camping cookware, camping meal ideas, and many other lessons.

    Why would you recommend others get involved withOAA?

    I would recommendOAA to EVERYONE. Getting out of our comfort zones is important for personal growth and learning, and what better way to do that than with a friendly group of same-age people going to beautiful destinations and having thrilling experiences? I learned a lot and was given opportunities I otherwise would not have been able to afford.

    What's life like for you now?

    Life is good apart from the craziness that everyone is experiencing in the world. Becca and I are living in Hawaii, I run Joey’s Balloon Company in a few large cities across the mainland remotely, operate a Hawaii-based tour company and own/manage a vacation rental here on the Big Island.Covidd-19 has shut all these businesses down currently, so I’m working on a finance YouTube channel in the meantime. Becca is working on saving the world. She’s a grad student at U of H atHiloo studying intertidal communities (organisms that live between high tide and low tide). She has a scholarship that waives her tuition and she gets a stipend for teaching undergrad science classes.

    Joey graduated from KSU in 2014 with a degree in Human Services. He worked for Nature Bound as a Trip Leader with a focus onsnowsportss andpaddlesportss from 2011-2014. Joey now lives in Hawaii with his wife Becca, who is also anOAA Alum, and he continues to include adventures in his work and play.

  • "My time at KSU was completely changed because I was involved in Outdoor Adventures. People always tell you to get involved in something when you gotocollegeOAA is what I chose, and I feel like it was the best decision I made in college!"

     Casey Waldsmith with trees in background

    How long were you a part of Outdoor AdventuresOAA)? What was your role?

    I was part of Outdoor Adventures for quite a while. I started with the Department of Sports and Recreation in 2012 in Equipment Checkout. At the time, Equipment Checkout was housed with the Bike Shop in a small area in the old recreation center. In the summer, I would also assist with checking in patrons to get extra hours. Eventually, most of the recreation center was shut down as they began construction on what is now the Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center. I was one of the few lucky student assistants who would keep their position during construction. We moved Equipment Checkout, the Bike Shop, and Nature Bound into trailers outside of the building, as to still provide some services to students. As funny as it sounds, we had the time of our lives working in those trailers. I grew incredibly close to the other student assistants, and the days were filled with constant laughter. We stayed in the trailers for over a year (maybe even closer to two).

    In my role, I would frequently interact with the Nature Bound Trip Leaders who would swing by to pick up equipment. Two of the trip leaders encouraged me to register for my first trip (Billy Pownall and Harrison Kish). We went snowboarding inGatlinburgg, Tennessee and I had a blast. After that, I applied to be a Trip Leader and was leading trips snowboarding, mountain biking, caving, hang gliding, zip lining, etc. I led every trip I could get my hands on. Eventually, I was also a Marketing Intern for the department. In my spare time, I also worked out every day, participated in group fitness classes, and personal training. So, I was very involved and practically lived in the Recreation Center. I even got certified to teach yoga and placed second in the Daffodil Dash!

    How did Outdoor Adventures impact your life at KSU?

    My time at KSU was completely changed because I was involved in Outdoor Adventures. People always tell you to get involved in something when you go to college.OAA is what I chose, and I feel like it was the best decision I made in college. The people I worked with inOAA became my family. We were together constantly and we made memories that I will carry with me forever. When I graduated from KSU, I was devastated to leave because I knew I was closing that chapter in my life.

    How has it impacted it after college?/What knowledge or skills do you still use?

    One of the most important skills thatOAA taught me was to do what makes you uncomfortable because it means that you're growing. When I first started at KSU, I made the decision that I wanted to take every opportunity and learn from it. I wanted to push myself and see what would happen. BeforeOAA, I had never mountain biked, backpacked through the woods, snowboarded, kayaked, etc. I decided to try it, and it led to lifelong friends and a newfound confidence in myself. Now, I take on projects and push myself because I know it leads to growth no matter what the outcome is. In myOAA Marketing Internship, I also gained valuable skills that I used when I started looking for a job. AdobeInDesignn is something every marketing person should know how to use. I was already familiar with it because I used it in my internship (thanks,Sandefurr!!). 

    Why would you recommend others get involved withOAA?

    There are many reasons why I would suggest getting involved inOAA, but there are three I would highlight. The first is because you'll meet amazing people. I grew close to the people I worked with inOAA, but I also met tons of people through the Nature Bound trips that I attended or led. These are people I wouldn't have met otherwise. I still keep in touch with some of these people. The second is because being active is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I pushed my body and I was in the best shape of my life when I worked inOAA. I never thought I'd place in a 5K. To me, that was so rewarding. The third is that I had an opportunity to do a variety of things that I never thought I'd be able to do. If you had told me in high school that I'd have an opportunity to learn to snowboard, kayak, mountain bike, etc., I would have thought it was a joke. I felt very lucky to findOAA!

    What's life for you now?

    After graduating with my undergraduate degree in Business Marketing in 2015, I knew I wanted to go back to school. I wanted to learn more about the field of marketing, but one of my goals was to eventually teach at the college level. I enrolled inKSU'ss MBA program in Summer 2017 and graduated in Spring 2019. Today, I have an amazing job that I'm incredibly thankful for! I work for KSU Journey Honors College at Kennesaw State University. In my role as Communications and Marketing Specialist, I'm fortunate to be able to do a variety of things including graphic design, social media marketing, recruitment, international travel with students, program development, and event planning. It's impossible to list all of the things I do in my position! I also fulfilled my dream of teaching at the college level in Spring 2019, when I began teaching for KSU Journey Honors College. I also teach a social media marketing course in Coles College of Business, which is surreal! In addition, I bought a house, so the last five years have been life-changing! The next step is a doctoral program in the field of marketing.

    During Casey's time at Outdoor Adventures, she was a Nature Bound trip leader, Gear Rental Attendant, and Marketing intern. Before graduating in 2015 with a degree in Business Marketing, Casey led backpacking, snowboarding and mountain biking trips with Nature Bound. Since her undergraduate days, she has earned her MBA at KSU and is working for the KSU Journey Honors College as the Communications and Marketing Specialist and Part-Time Instructor.

  • "Outdoor Adventures gave me a community of people who share my love for the outdoors, and opportunities to go on trips that I would have never been able to do otherwise."

    Carter Rechsteiner

    How long were you a part of Outdoor AdventuresOAA)? What was your role?

    I was withOAA for roughly 2 years. I started as a participant, then a gym attendant, and finally a Trip Leader. As a Trip Leader I mainly led climbing trips and some mountain biking and cycling trips.

    How has being involved with Outdoor Adventures impacted your life after college? What knowledge or skills do you still use?

    OAA impacted my life at KSU by sharing my love for the outdoors with other students, but also by giving me a community of people with similar interests and giving me the opportunity to go on and lead trips I would never have been able to do otherwise.

    Why would you recommend others get involved withOAA?

    I would recommendOAA to anyone who is looking to learn how to be a leader in an outdoor setting, or to anyone who is willing to help new people in their respective interest/specialty. Also, if you joinOAA you get to name climbing routes, which is sick. 

     

    Carter Rechsteiner graduated in 2019 with a degree inMechatronicss Engineering. He had the opportunity to guide KSU students on a climbing 10-day trip to Colorado and Utah. He is responsible for developing new climbs in the Atlanta area and participates in trail clean-up events. Carter is still an avid rock climber and is passionate about introducing new climbers to the sport.

  • Morgan Sliker

    MorganSlikerr

    Congratulations to MorganSlikerr, anOwlFitt personal trainer and group fitness instructor who has earned a B.S. Exercise Science degree and Minor in Psychology! Morgan plans on continuing to coach ice skating after graduation and is seeking a full-time career in the health and fitness industry.

    "The best part about working with Sports and Recreation was the genuine co-workers and supervisors I had the pleasure of working with. Each staff member truly wanted to see each other succeed and learn in our positions, and I felt so supported through my time on campus as well as virtually duringCOVIDD.

    Some encouraging words from Morgan: "There are always opportunities to learn something new; find a new exercise, learn a new technique, develop stronger professional skills, etc., but it is up to you to continue to learn and grow!"

     

    Amelia Reynolds 

    Amelia Reynolds

    Congratulations to Amelia Reynolds, a Nature Bound Trip Leader who is graduating with a  Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology! After graduation, Amelia plans on taking a much-needed break from school. Amelia is unsure of career plans but is looking forward to more adventures.

    "The most important thing that I have learned while working at Outdoor Adventures is that life is so fun at the brink of our comfort zone. Working and befriending the Nature Bound crew has opened the door to so many new things: rock climbing, mountain biking, road cycling, backpacking, leadership, and awesome new friendships! I am so thankful for my experiences here!"

     

    Congratulations Morgan & Amelia! 

  • Anthony with Bicycle 

    I was a part of Nature Bound and worked at the bike shop during my time at KSU. Nature Bound was how I found one of the activities I am most passionate about, mountain biking. I joined on a whim because I wanted to try something different and from that trip, I met a bunch of awesome people who would become my best group of friends while I was at KSU.

    I was a member of Nature Bound and a bike tech atOAA for 2 years. I learned how to repair bikes and still work part time as a mechanic today, so I can stay a part of the biking world. To this day I regularly go out and bike and try to spend time outside.

    My time in Nature Bound showed me how important outdoor activities are to my overall well-being. I would highly recommendOAA to anyone who has even the slightest interest in the outdoors. Every trip I went on was memorable and the people were always the best to hangout with. Spending the weekend outdoors or taking a day trip are all great ways to disengage from the stress that “regular” life brings.OAA challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and I grew so much from the experiences. To anyone who is on the edge of trying a trip take my word, just go once and you will be hooked.

    Anthony graduated from KSU in 2015 with a degree in Anthropology. He worked as a Bike Tech for two years with Outdoor Adventures and was a regular participant in Nature Bound Trips. He continues to work on bikes as a part time mechanic, and stays involved in the sport he is passionate about.

  • Outdoor Adventures Alumni: LauraCottongimm

     

    Laura in kayak with friend

    How long were you a part of Outdoor AdventuresOAA)? What was your role?

    I was atOAA from 2014 - 2018. Started counseling the summer day camp and worked my way up to Trip Leader Mentor.OAA was a great place to meet amazing people at KSU and get out of my comfort zone.

    How has being involved with Outdoor Adventures impacted your life after college? What knowledge or skills do you still use?

    After graduating I took the leadership skills I learned and apply them in my current job. Many of the skills covered inALCC [Adventure Leadership Course] I still use today. Things like effective communication, feedback, and conflict management. The detailed planning that goes into a trip prepared me for a logistical role. The punctuation and standards that we were held to, also prepared me for working on a professional level. I also got a lot out of instructing my peers. This helped the most when presenting ideas to a group of “peers” who are all significantly older than me.

    Why would you recommend others get involved withOAA?

    I would encourage others to get involved not only for the amazing friends and people, but for the life experiences that are created. There is so much to learn by doing outdoor activities that can so easily be related to future jobs and opportunities.

    LauraCottongimm graduated in 2018 with a degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. Laura guided whitewater, sea kayaking, hiking, and backpacking trips for Outdoor Adventures during her time at KSU. She also held leadership positions withinOAA and instructed her peers on leadership topics and outdoor skills. Currently, Laura is working as an Industrial Engineer in Chattanooga and enjoys adventuring on weekends.

  • While we know the Spring semester didn't go as planned, our student staff remained resilient and finished out the semester strong! Here are a few of our student staff members who are now graduates of Kennesaw State University!

    Facilities

    • Lauren Burns

      Lauren Burns

      Lauren Burns has worked as a facility manager for Sports and Recreation and is graduating with a Masters of Science in Information Technology degree and a certificate in Data Management and Analytics! After graduation, Lauren will continue working with the Cobb County Government as a Technical Support Analyst. She credits her position at the recreation centers with becoming more of a people person.

      Quotes Lauren likes to live by:

      "Life is short, buy the shoes"

      and "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem" - Captain Jack Sparrow.

      • Sylvia Headshot

        SylviaOkonkwoo

        SylviaOkonkwoo has worked as a facility manager with Sports and Recreation and is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in African and African American Studies AADSS). After graduation, Sylvia plans to further her career in psychology.


        Working a the recreation center provided many lessons for Sylvia - however, one of the biggest lessons she learned was how to establish herself as a leader while gaining respect from her peers.


        Some words of wisdom that Sylvia likes to live by: “You’re busy doubting yourself while so many people are intimidated by your potential”.

        • Anthony Morris

          Anthony Morris

          Anthony Morris has worked as a facility manager with Sports and Recreation and is next up on our graduation shout outs! Anthony will be graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree with a concentration in Band and Choral Education. After graduating, he plans on teaching band for a couple years and heading back to the classroom to continue his education to receive a Masters of Music in Wind Band Conducting.


          "I learned a lot from my time here at the rec center. I learned leadership skills, teamwork, and perseverance. However, one of the best things I have experienced here is… FAMILY. In the past three years, I have gained life-long friends that have become my family. I can’t believe the time is up for me here but it’s been amazing so thank you to everyone here with me. I am going to miss EVERYONE!"

           
          Anthony wants to encourage everyone with this quote:  “The thing you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain your Legacy"~Kaluu N.Kaluu

          • Natalie Janes Headshot

            NatalieJaness

            NatalieJaness has worked with Sports and Recreation as the Facilities and Events Graduate Assistant. While reflecting back on her time here, the majority of her favorite moments are the interactions she has had with her student staff! She has a hard time picking a favorite moment because they constantly kept her laughing with them (or at them?)! ;) Natalie also enjoyed and looked forward to the tradition of monthly birthday lunches with the full-time staff!

             
            Natalie will be graduating with a Masters of Science degree in Sport Management. Her next goals are to make it throughCOVIDD-19 healthy and find a full-time position in Campus Recreation.


            A quote Natalie likes to live by: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

            Outdoor Adventures

            • Muhammad Headshot

              MuhammadBilall

               

              Muhammad has worked as a Trip Leader with Outdoor Adventures during his time at Kennesaw State! He has completed his Bachelors of Science in Interactive Design Degree!  After graduation, he plans on traveling a lot more - exploring different places and countries. Career wise - he is ready to begin his full time work soon after graduation!
              While working with Outdoor Adventures as a trip leader, Muhammad found his passion for the outdoors which is something he is truly grateful for!


              Muhammad wants to encourage others to try new things! You might find something you love!

              OwlFitt

              • Ariana in Graduation Cap and Gown

                Ariana Garbers

                ArianaGarbershasworkedasanOwlFittgroupfitnessinstructorteachinggPilatess! She is a dual-enrolled student who is graduating this May! After graduation, she will be starting classes at Georgia Tech this summer pursuing a degree as an Industrial Engineering major. She also plans on keeping group fitness as a key part of her life, since it has made such an impact on her!

                "As soon as I started the group fitness instructor prep program, I already felt like I was a part of theOwlFitt family. After getting hired, I felt like I belonged to something bigger, not just teaching fitness, but changing people's lives and creating a community. My favorite part of working withOwlFitt was the collaboration they encouraged and the family I felt a part of. "

                 
                Some words of wisdom that Ariana likes to live by "will power is a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets!"

                • Katherine Griffiths Headshot

                  Katherine Griffiths

                  Katherine has been working with Sports and Recreation as anOwlFitt group fitness instructor teaching yoga! She has completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree! After graduation, she is planning on spending a month in the Sacred Valley of Peru working towards and obtaining her International Yoga Alliance 200-hour teaching certification!


                  "Joining theOwlFitt team was, without a doubt, the best part of my college experience. As a Group Fitness Instructor, I connected with new people in a meaningful way by sharing a practice that brings joy and peace to people from many different walks of life."


                  Quotes Katherine likes to live by: "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" - Helen Keller

                  • Ethan Wilson Headshot

                    Ethan Wilson

                    Ethan Wilson has been employed with Sports and Recreation as a personal trainer with ourOwlFitt program! He is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. After graduation, he plans to get more experience training clients in preparation for physical therapy school! Overall, he is just excited to get out into the field of exercise medicine and learn more about the human body and movement system.


                    "Although I haven’t been employed by Sports and Recreation for very long, I’ve gotten a good experience of how the operations to maintain theSRACC work and the methods that the trainers at KSU use. Hopefully in the future, I can use some of the templates, cues, exercises and formats that the trainers at KSU use and if I ever am part of running a facility that I have an idea of where to start."

                     
                    Ethan wants current and future KSU students to remember: no matter how hard or impossible it is, never lose sight of your goal.

                  • students mountain biking

                    KSU Club Cycling hits the road and the trails for yearlong competitions. No matter the season, riders compete in road, mountain bike or cycle-cross racing. With about 30 riders, the club has been active as part of the Club Sports program within the Department of Sports and Recreation for a number of years.  
                     
                    Jeremy Carpenter, a mechanical engineering major and president of the KSU Cycling Club, immediately got involved when he began at Kennesaw State University. Carpenter has enjoyed racing throughout his collegiate career. Another KSU Cycling representative Garrett Carman, a freshman marketing major, heard about the club sport through a YouTube video.  He contacted the club shortly after being accepted to KSU to get involved.  
                     
                    Both Carpenter and Carman recommend KSU students participate in Club Sports. They believe it is a great way to get to know more people, especially people who have the same passion. Club Sports gives students the healthy benefits of exercise, but also has opportunities for community service and team building. The KSU Cycling Club regularly participates in trail maintenance, which gives back to the areas in which they ride as well as helps to expand their network with the cycling community outside of the team. Other benefits include the sport acting as a stress reliever from the grind of being a college student – “it really helps take your mind off of things and get away from the rush of school” said Carman.  Both students credit the cycling community to being ‘open arms’ and unique in the fact that it is a supportive atmosphere and a culture unlike any other sport. Races often involve motivational cheers to riders from spectators hailing from various universities. 
                     
                    With mountain bike season ending, the Cycling Club is still flying high after competing at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals October 11-13 in Big Bear Lake, California. This event pulls together many different riders from across the country in one place and riders get to race on ‘insane’ trails – unlike those available in the Southeastern United States. This isn’t the first experience at the National Competition that the team has had. Seasoned rider, Owen Witcher, was back in the saddle again this year. After a podium finish last year, Witcher had another great experience, placing 7th in dual slalom out of 52 riders and 11th out of 78 in the downhill competition.  The club sent five riders to the competition including: Brendan Bowers, Jeremy Carpenter, Evan CoulterHunterGatlinnnn, and Owen Witcher and competed in Downhill and Dual Slalom events.  
                     
                    With the competition being on the other side of the country, the club helped to fund some of the expenses associated with the race. Through jersey saleandKrispyyKremeeee donut sales, the club helped the team with the race entry fees. The riders said their trip to the Mountain Bike Nationals is one of the best experiences in cycling. The team also was rewarded with stronger bonds and connections with new friends through their cross-country travel.  
                     
                    KSU Club Cycling now looks forward to road racing season, which starts in February, with goals to finish at the top in the club conference championships. Most of all, the club just wants to have the riders compete as they are able and to do so without injury.  
                     
                    The team is always recruiting and is hoping to grow the women’s side of their team in the future. Interested riders just need to know how to ride and have a helmet and a bike! Interested in joining? Email the club at ksucyclingclub@gmail.com and follow along with their season on Instagram at ksucycling
                     
                    Find out more about club sports at KSU!

                  • Roller Hockey Team with TrophyKennesaw State University's Roller Hockey Club Sport Team traveled to Rochester, New York to compete in the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association's National Competition making a solid run and finishing 4th overall in Division 2 after a tough fought battle in the semi-final round.

                    Trystann Chappell, a Junior Finance major and President of the Club, looks back on the 16-3 season with positive memories. After a successful season, the team won the regional tournament giving them the bid to travel to Nationals. The Roller Hockey Club is no stranger to the National tournament, having previous trips to the competition. After the 14 hour drive, the club played one to two games daily making their way to the semi-finals. The last game KSU had the lead of 1-0 the majority of the game. The opponent, California State University at Fullerton, scored with 2 minutes remaining in the third period. With this score bringing the teams to a tie to round off end of regulation. While in overtimCSUUUU scored ending the game with a 2-1 lead over KSU.

                    While the end wasn't the result the team was hoping for, the Roller Hockey Club is already looking forward to next season. A few of the team members have graduated and the team is looking to recruit new players. They are also planning on playing in a few tournaments this summer with their eyes set on returning to Nationals again next year.

                    Roller Hockey was established as a club team at KSU in 2006. The game of roller hockey is very fast paced, with only four skaters and goalie competing on each team during competitions. The club practices during the week and occasionally on the weekend at their home rininSnellvilleeee, GA and competes against teams like Florida State, Florida Gulf Coast, and Virginia Tech.

                    The club has a laid back atmosphere and considers themselves a tight knit group of friends as well as teammates. Chappell thinks KSU Club Sports is a great opportunity to meet new people and grow as a person. "College is not just about classes. [It is an opportunity to] take your mind off of school while still being involved." Club Sports gives you a chance to do something outside of the classroom and you are able to play something you like to play. Chappell has been playing roller hockey since he was 5 years old, and the opportunity to still play and compete with Club Sports is one of the reasons Chappell chose to attend KSU. He also credits the programs to giving him a chance to develop as a person, learn skills like leadership and fundraising and grow other strengths.

                    For more information on Club Sports, visit: sportsrec.kennesaw.educlubsports or email clubsports@kennesaw.edu for general inquiries.

                    Interested in joining Roller HockeyEmailTrystannnn & other club members at kennesawrollerhockey@gmail.com

                  • Student with 4 Intramural Sports champion tshirts

                    Recent graduate, Tanner Hill has the unique distinction of being a 4 time Intramural Ultimate Frisbee Champion. Tanner first got involved with Intramural Sports with his on-campus ministry group, Cru. This group played various sports like kickball anultimatefrisbeeeee. In 2015, Tanner joined another Intramural Team, "Just Here for the Shirt", and this is where history was made. First being a co-captain and then a captain the following years ('16, '17, & '18) pressure was on, as the team had never lost the championship. Tanner wanted to keep this tradition alive and had his goals set high. Not letting the pressure get to the team, they keep the competition light and made sure that they were there just to have fun. This strategy seemed to pay off and as the team name suggested, they were successful in winning the coveted Intramural Champion T-Shirt each year.

                    With graduation in the coming days, Tanner wants to encourage KSU students to get involved with Intramural Sports. "It's a great way to meet friends, stay active and have fun while you are doing it." Having the opportunity to play Ultimate Frisbee as an Intramural Sport made Tanner want to stay longer at KSU. He was actively involved with other activities during his time at KSU such as being an officer in the Club Sport Climbing team, an active participant on Nature Bound trips, and working in the Climbing Gym.

                    Congratulations Tanner on your 4-time champion success! Who's ready to take the championship this fall?

                  • 2 students with medals from gymnastics competition

                    Jazmineeee Woods and Elizabeth Pfaff are all smiles when reflecting on their time competing at Nationals with the KSU Club Gymnastics team. The team, also nicknamed the “flipping owls”, traveletoDaytonaaaa, FL the weekend of April 11-13, 2019 to compete against other club teams involved with the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs. The team is not new to competing at Nationals. For Woods, this was her third trip. The club brought 7 of the 10 team members to compete. While it is a competition, Woods and Pfaff stressed that everyone wants each other to do well and are very supportive cheering throughout the day full of events. Competitors included the University of Georgia, University of Florida, Emory, Florida State University, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, James Madison University, among others! Having fun is a large part of Nationals, club members were able to interact with peers from other Universities, enjoy some beach time, and even help to break the World Record for the most people completing a standing back tuck at one time.

                    Jazminee Woods, a senior exercise science major, has been part of the team for three years and attributes her time as the “best years of gymnastics ever”. Woods says she went to compete and just have fun. Although finals day was nerve racking, her attitude and skills helped her claim the title of National Champion on the uneven bars and finished 6th place overall. Scores are based on the events of the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercises. Support from her teammates helped Woods push those nerves aside. The uneven bars are Woods favorite event she loves feeling weightless and free swinging around and between the bars. It was a great way to end her senior year!

                    Elizabeth Pfaff, a freshman exercise science major, also traveled to Florida to compete at Nationals. Pfaff also went not expecting to medal, and just focus on having a good time. However, after working hard all season to get her skills back, she placed 6th on the balance beam. She has been competing in gymnastics since 6 years old and the balance beam has been a favorite event and also her strongest.

                    The club already has their sights set on next season. They plan to focus on repairing their injuries and then will get back to practice and working on developing their skills for next season. Competition usually begins in the fall semester, with a heavier season between January and April. The team’s home gym is North Metro Gymnastics center where practices occur two times per week. If you are looking to join the Club Gymnastics team, reach out to ksugymteam@yahoo.com

                    Both team members can’t recommend joining club sports enough, no matter what the sport! They stress, especially to new students, to get involved. “Club sports helps to keep you active and gives you a group with similarities to bond with.” If nothing else, it’s someone to go to The Commons with! Other perks of club sports include professional development, meeting a lot of new people, having your own workout facility at the Owls Nest, athletic training services.

                    For more information on Club Sports, visit: sportsrec.kennesaw.educlubsports or emailclubsports@kennesaw.edu for general inquires.

                    Follow along with Club Gymnastics updates on Instagram theflippinowls

                  • Student with medal from mountain bike competition

                    Meet Owen Witcher, a membeofKSU's's Club Cycling Team, who recently won the mountain biking Dual Slalom and placed 6th in the Downhill at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National ChampionshipinMissoulaaaa, Montana. Owen took the podium in Dual Slalom along with several Colorado riders after five rounds of racing.

                    Owen has been shredding since he was 6 years old and started his mountain biking career at 15 years old. The adrenaline rush of mountain biking makes him feel right at home. Owen’s favorite trail to ride is Blankets Creek in Woodstock, Georgia. Owen has been riding with KSU’s Club Cycling team for just over a year and is grateful for their support and fun memories.

                    Congrats on such a big achievement Owen! We can't wait to see you race next mountain biking season! 

                   

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