ACTIVE BADGER DAY

Each spring, we inspire Active Badgers everywhere to get up, get outside, and get moving. Inspired by National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, Active Badger Day is a full day of opportunities to play hard, get fit, and live well.

Past activities have included healthy meals at campus dining halls, group fitness classes at various campus locations, log rolling, a snowshoe trek across Lake Mendota with Outdoor UW, Late Night Skate, and more.

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2024 SCHEDULE

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All Day: Wait, How Many Tennis Balls?

Location: Nielsen Tennis Stadium

Are you an Ace at guessing games? We’ve got one of our Club Cars in the lobby at Nielsen and we want you to give your BEST guess as to how many tennis balls are in the back. The 3 best guesses will get some sweet tennis swag & bragging rights. While you’re there, grab an Active Badger Day t-shirt and grab a selfie with the newly wrapped car!

All Day: River Food Pantry Food Drive

Being active isn’t just physical. The various departments at Rec Well are being active in our communities with some friendly competition to see who can donate the most to River Food Pantry, now through March 15. Click here to see what is most needed.

Donations can be turned in at the Nick, Bakke, and Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

All Day: Active Badger Meals

University Housing Dining is keeping you fueled with delicious food all day. Stop by Gordon Avenue or Four Lakes Markets all day for healthy, protein packed items for each meal period.

Menu

  • Breakfast: Avocado Toast, Blue Banana Smoothie, Mahnomen Porridge, and Scrambled Egg Whites
  • Lunch: Miso Cod, Spicy Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa, Green Beans with blistered peppers & shallots
  • Dinner: Curry Stew & Basmati Rice, Wheat Berry Pilaf, Ginger Glazed Salmon, Swiss Chard & Roasted Root Vegetables

All Day: Commuting the Green Way, sponsored by the Office of Sustainability

Today, we challenge you to find sustainable way to get to class or work. Try carpooling, grab a bus, carshare, bike, or walk.  Here are some great suggestions from the Office of Sustainability.

All Day: Create an Active Badger Pizza, sponsored by Ian's Pizza

Do you have the ultimate pizza recipe? Share it with us and you could win a $100 Ian’s Pizza gift card and the chance to make your pizza at the Ian’s on Frances Street! Fill out this survey to submit your pizza & if you are a staff-chosen finalist, we will share your recipe on our Instagram to see who the winner is. You have until the end of the day on March 7 to submit. Good luck!

8 - 9am: Workout & Wellness for Serving Students

Location: Bakke – Reach Performance Studio

Workout while meeting other vets/currently serving students! Complete the provided workout, or do your own thing! We’re partnering with the Student Veterans of America-UW Madison (SVA-UW) for this session and it’s open to all veteran and currently serving students.

8:30 - 9:30am: Try Shake Smart's Most Popular Shakes!

Location: Shake Smart in Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center

Have you been dying to try some delicious, protein-packed shakes at Bakke? Now’s your chance! Shake Smart will be sampling their most popular shakes! So stop on over, grab a sample or two, and get an Active Badger Day sticker while you’re at it!

9 - 10am: Active Badger T-Shirts!

Location: Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center lobby

Come and get our new, limited edition Active Badger t-shirt! First come, first serve until we run out.

 

10am - 7pm: Self-Guided Tours at Chazen Museum

Location: Chazen Museum of Art

In collaboration with the Chazen Museum of Art, experience art while moving! Use different walking paths with specific mileage for each guest. Make sure you grab a free Chazen water bottle and an Active Badger sticker.

Noon - 2pm: Recreational Sports Day with Special Olympics Wisconsin & Badgers For Special Olympics

Location: Bakke – Courts 3 & 4

We are partnering with Special Olympics Wisconsin and Badgers for Special Olympics to host a variety of activities from basketball and futsal to parachute games. While most of the attendees will be students visiting from local schools, this is open to everyone to drop in & have some fun.

12:30 - 4:30pm: Work Where You Shine Tabling

Location: The Nick Lobby

Want to work at Rec Well? Find out about what it’s like to be an employee here and about all of our current job openings. You might get some limited edition stickers too!

1 - 2pm: Yoga in the Gallery

Location: Chazen Museum of Art

Welcome to Yoga in the Galleries at Chazen Museum of Art in celebration of Active Badger Day! Join us for a rejuvenating experience as we practice beginner yoga surrounded by beautiful works of art. This event is the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and find your inner peace in a unique setting. So bring your yoga mat and come join in. Registration is free and required.

Register Here

3 - 5:45pm: Ready, Sett, Bowl

Location: Union South – Sett Recreation

Head down to the Sett and bowl with your buddies! Prizes will be given to the highest score each hour, and attendees can choose between an Active Badger t-shirt or special edition sticker while supplies last.

3:30 - 4:30pm - Active Badger T-shirts

Location: Nielsen Tennis Stadium lobby

Come and get our new, limited edition Active Badger t-shirt! First come, first serve until we run out.

4 - 5pm: Staying Active Year-Round in Madison Wellbeing Workshop

Location: Multicultural Student Center, Red Gym

We’re redefining the word active from a holistic perspective. Join us to discuss potential barriers that may come with being active in a college setting, as well as solutions. We will also explore non-traditional ways to be active in Madison’s unique environment. Registration is recommended for this event.

Register Here

4-5pm: Try Shake Smart's Most Popular Shakes!

Location: Shake Smart in Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center

Have you been dying to try some delicious, protein-packed shakes at Bakke? Now’s your chance! Shake Smart will be sampling their most popular shakes! So stop on over, grab a sample or two, and get an Active Badger Day sticker while you’re at it!

4 - 5pm: Active Badger T-shirts!

Location: Nicholas Recreation Center lobby

Come and get our new, limited edition Active Badger t-shirt! First come, first serve until we run out.

4 - 6pm: Citrus Season! Tabling with Nutrition Education

Location: Gordon Dining & Event Center and Four Lakes Market

Stop by and see our Nutrition Education team and learn all about ways you can build health relationships with food, build confidence in the kitchen, and have fun with food.

4:30 - 5:30pm: LGBTQ+ Affirming Yoga with the GSSC

Location: Gender and Sexuality Campus Center at the Red Gym, On Wisconsin AB Room

This class offers space folks to safely embody queer joy through gentle movement, breath-work and guided meditation. No prior yoga experience is needed, no special yoga attire required — wear what makes you feel comfortable and affirmed and grab a free Ian’s coupon. Registration is recommended!

Register Here

5 - 7:30pm: Jr. Active Badger Jamboree

Location: Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center – Court 2

This family fun event will be held in the gymnasium at Bakke! Our staff will facilitate games and activities to participate in. Grown-ups must be in attendance either participating or observing in order for their child to play.

Register Here

5:30 - 6:15pm: Yoga for Stress Relief

Location: Witte Residence Hall, Classroom 114 & 116

Midterms got you down? Stop by the Witte Residence Hall for a stress reliever and a Active Badger Day t-shirt and free Ian’s coupon!

Register Here

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

Shout out to our friends on campus and in the community for making Active Badger Day the best way to spend a Thursday.

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