Student Recreation Fields II
TRANSFORM | Additional recreational/competitive green spaces are needed for club sports and intramural sports participants. We are an institution of 29,000 Kent Campus students and have two (2) multipurpose competitive lighted fields for Intramural & Club Sports use for soccer (IM & 2 competitive clubs), flag football (7v7, 4v4 IM); this leaves the following clubs: baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rugby, ultimate frisbee, and cricket all without a space for legitimate sized field practices and competitions. Most of those clubs rent space from intercollegiate athletics on an availability basis, others must rent off campus for practices and games/matches.
The current Student Recreation Fields are overused as it is with academic classes (flag football) and just the two Intramural Sports (flag football and outdoor soccer), but also with two competitive soccer clubs each practicing twice a week and competitions.
Cricket is another program where we bring 1000's of international student to campus and do not have a space for them to host competitive matches. With the addition of a varsity women's lacrosse program in the fall of 2018, intercollegiate athletic facilities will become even more scarce for use for competitive matches for club lacrosse teams and club rugby teams.
This needs to be a priority for the university which boasts to want to be one of the healthiest campuses in the country but we do not provide facilities to support the activities that students want to participate in nor can we add additional programs/clubs because of the lack of facilities.
Thank you an please consider adding multiple competitive green spaces which are regulation sized so these students can be competitive in their conferences, tournaments, leagues, etc.