Campus Rec Remembered 9/11

Campus Rec remembered 9/11

Campus rec remembered 9/11 this past week on college campuses across the nation. As a result, various events took place to remember and commemorate that fateful day. From stair climb challenges to runs/walks for non-profits, several are highlighted below:

Stair Climb Challenges

From September 8 to September 11, 2021, students took on a national challenge at Baylor University’s Student Life Center as part of a national challenge to remember 9/11.

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a challenge put on by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. It’s a way to remember the firefighters who gave their lives.

So, Baylor University’s Campus Recreation and Wellness departments set up a platform. Participants stepped on and off it 581 times because they would take the 2,071 steps it took to reach the top of the Word Trade Center.

Over at the University of Illinois Springfield, Campus Recreation hosted a two-hour stair climb at the Crowne Plaza Springfield. Participants could climb 110 flights of stairs. They did this to honor those attempting to rescue victims in the World Trade Center as well. A $25 registration fee covered lunch and a raffle ticket. Proceeds went to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

Finally, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith capped off a week of services and commemorating with an event on September 11. There were several parts to it, but one included students creating teams for the Stair Climbing Challenge at the Recreation and Wellness Center.

Campus Rec Remembered 9/11 with Runs and Walks

In Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University hosted its annual 9/11 Heroes Run on September 11. The event started with a remembrance ceremony, and then participants could do a 5K or a one-mile fun run. Registration for the 5K was $40 as proceeds went to the Travis Manion Foundation.

Lastly, the University of Connecticut held a 9/11 Tower Challenge. Participants walked 2,071 stairs at the Sherman Family Sports Complex. Plus, there was a ceremony and decorations across campus. To cap it off, the Student Rec Center had red, white and blue colored lights on September 11.

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Heather Hartmann is the editor for Campus Rec Magazine. She can be reached at

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