Students working to build outdoor basketball court on campus

first_img + posts Twitter Mr. and Ms. TCU nominations open Facebook Between Colby Hall and Sherley Hall Kate Redfield ReddIt printJuniors Cooper Gould and Aiden WalshAn initiative that has been passed by the Chancellor’s office in past years may become a reality thanks to a group of students looking to enhance the first-year on-campus living experience.Juniors Cooper Gould and Aidan Walsh, and sophomore Chris Crump came up with the idea for an outdoor basketball court.According to the Walsh, the plan is to build the court between two first-year student dormitories: Sherley Hall and Colby Hall.Gould said Worth Hills is also an option to build a court, with plans for non-greek affiliated dorms to be built near the sorority and fraternity houses.The three came up with the idea in September, after reflecting on their first-year experience and meeting people in a new environment.“The function of the court is not limited to just basketball,” Walsh said. “It can also be useful for residence hall sponsored events and the court can also function as a multi-purpose sports court.Gould added there are also psychological benefits in addition to logistical.“Providing a multi-purpose basketball court will aid in the physical and emotional well-being of students and promotes face-to-face interactions and a greater sense of community among students,” Gould said. “It is anticipated that the court would decrease usage of the counseling and mental health center given that more physical activity, especially outside, which results in decreased screen time, which is correlated to better mental health.”Gould, Crump and Walsh conducted an informal survey of 229 students about building a basketball court and found that 95 percent of the students they talked to believe the campus should have an outdoor court.Gould said they are working with Jay Lorizzo, director of campus recreation, and the next steps involve administration.“Ultimately the decision of whether the court will be built or not will come down to our meeting with the chancellor,” Gould said. “Which we anticipate will happen by April at the latest.” Kate Redfield Kate Redfield Kate Redfield TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Frogs for Wellness looking to expand peer education program Record 20,000 first-year applicants for fall 2018 Previous articleVigil honors former student behind ‘Choose Joy’ mantraNext articleNew details emerge in lawsuit against TCU, Gary Patterson Kate Redfield RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Linkedin Kate Redfield Bookstore hosts release party for student-authored cookbook ReddIt Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Kate Redfield is a journalism major with minors in design studies and comparative race and ethnic studies. A California native, Kate enjoys spending time outdoors, “gifting” her opinion, writing, and eating good food.last_img read more

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