Students and visitors packed the Student Recreation Center as the aroma of sizzling burgers filled the air.
With the Week of Welcome nearing a close, University Recreation hosted its annual Backyard Bash with free food, shirts and other giveaways Aug. 18. Games such as basketball, volleyball and disc golf allowed visitors to test their hand at different skills.
Those who participated in events won tickets to trade in for t-shirts or raffle opportunities.
A health quiz and Spartan challenge involving kettle bells and medicine balls also took place at the bash to showcase UREC’s dedication to health and wellbeing.
UREC Graphic Designer and Facilities Manager Jordan Jameson has worked at the bash for two years now. He said the event appeals to different groups of people through its variety of activities.
“It’s a good opportunity for students to find out what the Rec has to offer,” Jameson said.
Students weren’t the only ones in attendance, however. The event, open to the public, drew in members of the Pullman community as well.
Pullman resident Louis Peyron brought his family to the bash, and praised the open atmosphere. He said his two young children enjoyed the food as well as the activities, including throwing Frisbees and shooting squirt guns.
He said it is important for WSU to hold events such as the Backyard Bash, which reach out to more than just students.
“It really builds fellowship with the community,” he said.
UREC’s challenge course took over popularity as they opened the course for free. It is normally only open for a fee on a scheduled basis.
Strapped to a harness, participants maneuvered across rope bridges, along log beams and through swinging tires, while two stories off the ground.
Junior education major Keani Kreienbaum came to the bash solely for the challenge course. She said she enjoys the fact that she can safely test her limits.
“I don’t have the money to use the course regularly, so it’s nice that the course is open for free,” Kreienbaum said. “I come to this every year because of that.”
UREC Programs Director Joanne Greene said the course has continued to be popular since its addition in 2004.
Greene said the Backyard Bash is a great time for students to take advantage of its free availability. She said the course is useful in helping individuals discover their own personal abilities.
“There are lots of opportunities to develop skills,” she said. “Communication, problem solving and team coordination all translate into real world situations.”