If you’ve played on an intramural sport team, attended a fitness
club, competed in a tournament, or participated in a recreational
program at Hamline in the past three years, you likely have Lamar
Shingles and his staff to thank.
Shingles, the coordinator for
campus recreation, said that in the past year, nearly 2,200 students,
faculty, and staff members were involved with campus recreation, a
percentage that compares favorably with similar institutions in the
“We really want to bring the campus together,” Shingles
said. “Our programs and events aren’t just about competition, but also
sportsmanship, teamwork, and building community.”
As a part of
office headed by director of student leadership and activities Wendy
Burns, Shingles oversees Hamline’s intramural program which includes
basketball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football. He also coordinates
sports clubs like Lacrosse and rock-climbing and plans events like
sports tournaments and fitness workshops.
In the past year,
Hamline’s campus recreation program has grown significantly much due to
Shingles’ passion and hard work. For instance, this year’s intramural
volleyball league had a record-setting 20 teams; many fitness clubs have
also seen significant growth in membership.
oversaw the construction of a new recreation desk in the lower level of
Walker Field House. Nearly 500 community members visit the desk every
month to check out sports equipment, sign up for events, and even
reserve newly-purchased camping gear.
“There’s been a lot of
very exciting growth,” Shingles said. “Our programs are an important
part of the cocurricular experience. We offer opportunities for
learning, teamwork, and leadership.”
Shingles isn’t the only
professional in his career field to bear his last name; his father,
Stan, is considered a national leader in collegiate recreation. He met
his wife Kori during her time as a graduate assistant in his father’s
“Recreation is something my family is very passionate about,” Shingles said.
future of Hamline’s program is bright and Shingles plans on continuing
to expand it in order to keep up with increasing demand.
“My biggest priority is giving the Hamline community a place to come together, stay active, and have fun,” Shingles said.