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By Duke Honor Council | 04/24/2019

"I find this rock climbing experience has some parallels to my first year. As I reflect on this year at Duke, I remember sometimes having similar feelings of being stuck and unable to see a green hold on the wall, or feelings of not measuring up against the wall-scaling extraordinaires around me."

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Duke Recreation & Physical Education’s Aquatics program was chosen as one of 85 Make a Splash programs in the U.S. to receive grant money from the USA Swimming Foundation in early 2019. The awarded money will go toward Duke Aquatics continued efforts to provide free or reduced-cost swim lessons. The USA Swimming Foundation awarded a total of $507,461 to programs across the country that will provide swim lessons to an estimated 25,000 children.

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 Duke Recreation and Physical Education has proved to be an engaging and passionate supporter of sustainability on campus. Recreation and Physical Education, and Brodie Recreation Center are Green Workplace Certified, and each year we see their Holiday Party complete Green Event Certification.

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By Peter Ciporin, Class of 2019

"After freshman year, it became apparent to me that an experience I had long taken for granted was not always accessible to everyone. The Ski & Snowboard team, along with other Club Sports at Duke, is open to all but cannot fully function on member dues alone."

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For Emily Skoczlas, pursuing a Green Workplace Certification for her workplace – the Wilson Recreation Center – was an easy call.

She led a team that convinced co-workers to use recycled copier paper, turn off lights and computers when not needed and bring utensils from home instead of using disposable ones.

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Pass by K-Ville, swipe in at Wilson Gym, walk past Quenchers and a grey, irregularly shaped wall with colorful blobs rises out of the floor beneath you.

It’s the backdrop of Wilson’s cardio area. Squished into the corner surrounded by an army of exercise bikes and treadmills, the rock climbing wall is an obvious afterthought.

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