The On Campus Challenge is a Mother Nature meets March Madness-style competition lasting six weeks from Sept. 6 to Oct. 17. SUU is representing the whole state, competing for prizes such as cash and gear from The North Face and REI.
The university is encouraging students, faculty, alumni, and the community to demonstrate school pride and get as many individuals to participate and recreate as much as possible. Austin Dennis, SUU’s representative for Outdoor Nation, is overseeing the university’s involvement in the challenge and wants to prove to the nation that SUU is “The Outdoor School” to attend.
“We are the only school in Utah competing in this Campus Challenge,” Dennis said. “Between our amazing location for recreation and the great supporters both on campus and in the larger community of Southern Utah, I think we stand a good chance at winning. Anyone across the country can sign up and affiliate themselves with SUU and help us earn points.”
During the six-week competition, participants need to create an account and post photos of their outdoor activities. Activities include bike riding, camping, hiking, hunting, swimming, hammocking, rock climbing, stargazing; anything that gets people recreating outdoors. Individuals are allowed to post up to five times a day, receiving points for each entry. Outdoor Nation tracks entries and has a scoring system it uses to determine the winners.
SUU Outdoors is giving away weekly prizes to participants while the Outdoor Engagement Center will give away a free night at SUU’s Mountain Center for the group on campus that participates the most.
To register for the challenge, visit www.oncampuschallenge.org.