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Registration Open for Fourth Annual I Swim for Bob Day at Frostburg State
03/16/2016

Registration is now open for the fourth annual I Swim for Bob Day at Frostburg State University.

The action-packed day of games is open to the campus and the community, where funds are raised for the Robert A. Norr Presidential Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to a qualified recreation and parks management major. The scholarship and event is in honor of Bob Norr, an FSU student-athlete who passed away in a kayaking accident in January 2012.

The event reflects Norr’s spirit with a sense of adventure and fun.

“We just felt in the spirit to have a pool party and all these crazy events; this is what Bob would want. This is how Bob would want his life celebrated,” said Dr. Diane Blankenship, associate professor of recreation and parks management and one of Norr’s instructors.

The fun-filled family event is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, in the lower level of FSU’s Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center.

I Swim for Bob Day incorporates games that personified Norr: full of fun, friendship and activity. This year’s edition features improvements on popular events, as well as new games, said recreation and park management major Calli Feudale of Jefferson. The games mirror Norr’s time on the Bobcats swim team and beyond the pool with inclusive games.

“He was a therapeutic recreation student like I am, and he loved adventure sports, so his goal was to get people involved because he wanted to work with veterans with PTSD,” Feudale said.

New for this year is a game called chicken baseball where players will try to bat a rubber chicken that’s stuffed with a ball. Another game, speed ball, is a mixture of soccer and basketball where players can shoot a ball in a hoop or kick a ball through a goal. Move the Mountain is a dodgeball hybrid where players aim to strike a large cage ball to move it across the opposing team’s goal line.

Laser tag will be moved to a larger area with less light pollution for a more challenging experience. The climbing wall will be open, 12-minute kickball will return as well as dodgeball, sit volleyball and, of course, pool games: water polo, pool basketball and pool volleyball. Events will be scheduled to encourage participants to rotate to other events, Feudale said.

Students are taking extra steps this year to have families and teens from Frostburg and the surrounding area attend the event, too, she said.

“They might not know Bob Norr, but once you know the story, you can relate to it,” she said. “It’s going to a good cause, and you’re having fun while doing it.”

Attendees will also be entered for a chance to win a $25 Sheetz gift card or a $50 Independent Ink gift card.

Advance registration costs $5 per person and $20 for a team of five. The community can register in advance at the Lane University Center March 21 to April 1 or online at bit.ly/ISwimForBob. PayPal is required for online registration. Registration at the event costs $10 per person and $40 for a team of five.

Four classes across two semesters help plan, produce and evaluate the event. Students in the RECR 491 Practicum and Professional Seminar plan the event, analyzing a research paper by spring students in the RECR 388 Research Methods in Recreation and Parks class. The practicum class in the spring gears up to manage the event, while RECR 380 Recreation Leadership students supervise activities and RECR 388 Research Methods in Recreation and Parks runs registration, helps with activities and writes the program evaluation report. The cycle begins anew in the fall semester.

The involvement with the event and its emotional impact echo with students.

“I’m doing it for someone who tragically lost his life, and I’m doing it for Dr. B, and I’m doing it for Bob Norr’s family,” said recreation and parks management major Miranda Hanson of Carlisle, Pa. “I feel like I’m doing something meaningful, and all of us are having fun and making an impact.”

For information or to support the Robert A. Norr Presidential Merit Scholarship, visit https://youtu.be/6nxfFIJf4u4, call 301-687-4161 or visit www.frostburg.edu/foundation/ways-to-give.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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