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Sand Volleyball Courts Add Excitement to Center of NGU Campus

Last fall, Student Life at North Greenville University introduced two brand new sand volleyball courts for the NGU family to enjoy. 

Students had to line up and wait to play at the former single court located in the parking lot behind Foster Education Center, says Director for Student Life Billy Watson. So he and his staff decided to look for an open space on campus where they could establish a more accommodating, more convenient activity area.

“We wanted to do it first class,” says Watson. “Right in the middle of everything.”

After consulting a professional volleyball company and also several other universities, Student Life began to implement plans for the new activity area. Campus Enhancement Services assisted with the project from concept to final product, adds Watson.

Once completed, the two new sand volleyball courts featured filtered volleyball sand and gravel drainage for quick drying after rain; removable poles, which allow the courts to accommodate other activities; and adjustable nets stamped with “North Greenville University.”

Student Life introduced the new and improved attraction when NGU students returned for the 2015-16 school year.  

“I was so stoked and happy to see it,” says sophomore accounting major Ford Pfister. “Volleyball is by far my favorite sport, so having that option open up was really cool for me.”

Pfister not only serves as a resident assistant for Student Life, but he also plays as many intramural sports at NGU as he can, including soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and, of course, volleyball.

“I love any competition or sport, and on campus that’s the main way I hang out with friends,” says Pfister.

Now, Pfister and his friends get together and play at the new activity area around three nights per week, he says. And they're not the only ones. When pleasant weather comes, the area stays busy at least from dinnertime until curfew.

Sand volleyball is only one of the many offerings available at this larger activity area that occupies a central location on campus, west of Todd Dining Hall and behind the Tingle Student Center. Other features of the new area include a full-length NCAA basketball court with six different hoops, a cornhole court, a ga-ga pit, and sitting areas for those who simply want to watch on.

Student Life hopes to add slackline posts, ENO pods, picnic tables, and a snack shed for snow cones and Popsicles to the new activity area in the future. 

“For us, the goal was to give students a place to be active and be with each other; we had it, but we needed it to be better,” says Watson. “This was a huge upgrade. It turned out better than we imagined.”

For more information about Student Life at NGU, visit ngu.edu/studentlife.


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