Club organizes outdoor activities
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There is a new student organization on campus. It publicizes itself as a low commitment group, geared toward adventure and discovery. This is not your average student group.
The Natural Sports Organization recently made a stir earlier this month. Its charter meeting in the Culp Forum boasted an attendance of 203 people on Oct. 6.
According to a few students in attendance, the entire room was full, with people standing and lined out of both exits. So what is the organization all about?
The Natural Sports Organization is geared toward students who want to have fun through caving, camping, hiking, climbing, rappelling, cycling, rafting and SCUBA diving. Unlike some campus organizations, NSO has multiple events each week, compatible with all types of interests.
According to Andrew Gong, the co-president of the organization's ETSU chapter, he and his brother started the chapter because of a lack of things to do.
"We both loved the kinds of activities that this organization [other chapters] participates in and felt that there would be some desire for such a group in the local area," Gong said. "Once we realized that we were right, we then decided to share these wonderful experiences with our fellow students."
Gong said that there are things to do on campus, but many students are unaware of these activities. He said that the organization simply points students in the right direction.
According to Gong, 108 students joined the NSO after the chapter meeting.
Gong was asked why he thought the organization produced such positive responses from students.
"It gives students a chance to get away from it all while still pursuing the new and unseen," he said. "It's not just about curbing boredom. It is also about pushing the envelope, doing something you haven't done."
The club provides everyone with many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities through the use of social networking on meetup.com.
"There is no better way to clear your head from a two-day study marathon of organic chemistry than to go caving, rappelling, or hiking. People, not just students, need this mental reset."
If you want to find out more about the National Sport Organization, go to www.meetup.com/cavehikeclimb.
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