On Saturday March 21, 2009 the Regis Student Athletic Advisory
Committee (SAAC) hosted its annual National Student Athlete Day on
campus. The official national holiday occurs on April 16, but with
the beautiful Colorado weather Regis was privileged to host it
early. Six main sports participated in this event: Lacrosse,
Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Basketball, and Volleyball. Regis
student-athletes and kids (K-8th grade) all worked together to
create a fun-filled day to celebrate athletics.
National Student Athlete Day at Regis started bright and early at 8:30 with kids signing up according to age group. A speedy game of freeze tag was the warm up event to get the kids loosened up and excited for the day. Regis athletes could be seen chasing or being chased by the energetic elementary and middle school students. Once freeze tag finished up the kids split into their age groups to start the circuit of sport stations.
Lacrosse had a station filled with exciting, competitive team relays that kept kids laughing and entertained throughout the day.
The women’s lacrosse team seemed to enjoy the company of the kids just as much as the kids loved the station! An array of dribbling and shooting drills could be seen at the combined men and women’s soccer station. Smaller goals and cones scattered the field for the kids to play mock soccer games. The golf station featured a full swing area, chipping area, as well as kid-sized clubs to accommodate the participants!
Cross Country challenged the kids to running races but by the end of the day, it was the Regis athletes were winded! Lay-ups, dribbling drills, and passing points consumed the time for the men and women’s basketball teams on the outdoor court. Smiles could be seen on every face while the members of men’s team hoisted kids up to slam the ball through the hoop in a successful DUNK! Volleyball kept the little ones busy with passing and bumping on a field near by.
After every age group attended each station, lunch was served!
Coaches, athletes, and athletic department staff all lent a hand in the delicious barbeque. Hot dogs and chips were served just in time to allow participants to settle in on the bleachers to watch Regis men’s baseball team play rival Mesa State. Prior to the first pitch Dr. Duggan, who retired this year after his many years at Regis serving as a professor and the faculty representative for SAAC, lead the student athletes and community participants around the baseball field for the Parade of Champions.
With the stands filled with fellow student-athletes, parents, and young future-athlete-hopefuls, the Regis baseball team put up a tough fight but eventually fell to Mesa State 6-2. Overall the day bridged ages and showed that both young and old share the same passion and enjoyment for sports!
Thank you all for attending, we look forward to next year!