Hundreds took part in R Rec summer activitiesOct 5, 2017 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
July, August and September were busy months for the Central Wyoming College R Recreation program.
Program director Mary Axthelm gave a quarterly report to the Riverton City Council on Tuesday while thanking local government officials for their continuing support.
"We offered the most programs this summer and had the highest participation," Axthelm said, calling R Rec's arrangement with the city "most unique."
Axthelm highlighted the organization's new website, rrecreation.com, which now offers online registration. The new design was developed "in-house," she said, with program coordinator Jamie Nelson taking the lead on the project.
R Recreation once again ran its Summer Academy this year, offering 68 free classes for local students during the first three weeks of June.
More than 300 participants signed up.
Throughout the summer, R Recreation offered an additional 64 classes that drew nearly 700 participants.
The organization hosted dance classes, gymnastics, tie dying activities, rock climbing, and taekwondo for youth, partnering with Riverton Middle School football coaches to offer a football camp for seventh- and eighth-graders and with Riverton High School football players and coaches to provide a football camp for players in grades three through six.
R Rec also crowned the champions of the 2017 adult co-ed soccer league after the local tournament ended.
Some fall classes through R Recreation already have started, and there still is time to register for others. Axthelm said classes feature lessons in a variety of subjects, from traditional sports, youth arts and adult fitness to grant writing, first aid/CPR and juicing.
The full list of classes is available online and in brochures.
Axthelm pointed out that the variety of classes brings many ages to R Rec, including an 86-year-old woman participating in Taijifit and Walk 15 classes.
The youngest R Rec participant is 14 months old.
New fall programs include an adult kickball league, basketball for 3- to 5-year-olds, infant massage and couples massage.
R Rec is also coordinating a six-week Playmaker Basketball League for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. The fifth- and sixth-graders will compete in Fremont County's Wind River Conference League.
R Rec assists other local organizations in a variety of ways as well, including the Riverton Youth Soccer Association, Riverton USA Wrestling, Riverton Little League, Riverton Babe Ruth Baseball League, Riverton Raiders Legion Baseball camp, Riverton girls softball, Riverton adult softball, Riverton AAU volleyball, the Riverton Library and the Central Wyoming Center for Arts, Technology and Science.
Riverton Mayor Lars Baker praised R Rec for its partnerships in the community.
"We have a robust recreation program with the R Rec," he said.
Axthelm noted that the community skating rink will be prepared and open as soon as the weather is conducive to creating ice.
"That's been a wonderful program in the last couple of years," Baker said. "I have grandkids in Casper who come here to ice skate."
R Rec offices are located at the Pro Tech Building on the CWC campus.