Since its origins in the late 19th Century, the University of Delaware athletic department has transcended simply what happens on the field or on the court. Indeed, the Blue Hens have hatched professional football and basketball stars. The school?s football team has won six national titles, including three during the 1970s, and its women?s lacrosse team once captured back-to-back-to-back championships from 1981-83. But when fans look around during Blue Hens events, they notice more than points being scored or referees feeding the little birds inside their whistles. They might spot YoUDee, a mascot whose roots trace back to the Revolutionary War, or the school?s nationally ranked dance team pumping up the crowd. Of course, there?s also the school?s marching band, which at 300 members strong, cranks out stirring renditions of the UD fight song.
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At Launch Trampoline Park, visitors of all ages bounce, flip, and twirl as they burn calories and defy gravity on four jumping courts?including one designed especially for kids and another for playing extreme dodge ball?comprised of adjoining floor trampolines and angled wall trampolines. There?s also a mammoth crash pad so that you can be assured a soft landing should you attempt any feats of aerial wonder.
Launch Trampoline Park also offers fitness classes that provide low-impact workouts while incinerating up to 1,000 calories each bouncy hour. For those seeking a break from bouncing, the park has an arcade, caf? with free WiFi, and a dedicated lounge for parents.
Kim Rice, head riding instructor and trainer at Pebble Creek Farm, brings a background in education and more than 25 years of experience with horses to her lessons. Her 14-acre tract befits an instructor of her prestige, with facilities that include a sand riding ring with lights and easy access to hundreds of miles of trails and fields via Fair Hill Nature Center, located just across the street. Her instruction focuses on English and Western riding styles, which differ in equipment and technique but are both influenced by The Beatles.
The Zone Fitness and Wellness Center divides its fitness space into private rooms for personal training, group aerobics, and sipping on smoothies. The workout area is lined with strength and cardio machines from notable manufacturers such as Hammer Strength and Life Fitness, which whir to life as guests embark on self-guided fitness regimens. Trainers conduct over 15 group classes in the aerobics room and provide individualized attention during private training sessions. As patrons exercise, the daycare-room staff keeps a watchful eye on tykes, and team members at the juice bar hand out post-workout refreshments.