URec Adventure Series finds fun around metro Detroit

January 24, 2018

This Friday night, University of Detroit Mercy students will have a chance to skate after dark at Royal Oak’s John Lindell Ice Arena, as part of the University’s URec (University Recreation) Adventure series.

This will be URec’s third “Glow Skating” night; the first two were among the most popular adventures in the series, which started in 2015 as a way to connect Detroit Mercy students (as well as interested faculty and staff) with a wide array of fun things to do in the Detroit area.

“So many people complain that there’s nothing to do,” said Matt Higley, assistant manager of the Detroit Mercy Fitness Center and the creator of the Adventure Series.

It was a comment he heard over and over again when he started at the University in 2014, and while he knew it was not the case, “I wanted to create an opportunity for students to see that,” he explained. “There’s tons of stuff going on.”

Higley tries to plan three to four events per year. So far, in addition to ice skating, they’ve been fowling (a unique blend of football, bowling and horseshoes), canoed the Huron River, explored Detroit River canals by kayak and taken in some Detroit City FC matches — just to name a few.

“The overall response has been positive,” Higley said. “Lots of students look forward to it.”

Beyond exposing students to adventures in and around the city, there are also social benefits to the outings, which help those who go meet people they otherwise wouldn’t.

“It gets you out,” Higley said. “Freshmen are on the same trip with third year Dental students.”

Eventually, he would like to expand the program to include weekend trips and other, larger adventures that go beyond just the Detroit area. But for now, keeping the adventures local also keeps the cost reasonable. Most of them are around $15 for students, with faculty and staff paying a bit more; ice skating, however, is just $5 per person for those who pre-register ($7 at the door), and a shuttle is available from the McNichols Campus. Skate rental is also included.

For more information about the URec Adventure Series, visit the webpage: http://www.udmercy.edu/life/recreation/adventure.php

If you go:
Glow Skating
January 26, 2017
10:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
John Lindell Ice Arena
1403 Lexington Blvd.
Royal Oak, Michigan
For more information: 313-993-1783 or email higleyml@udmercy.edu.

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