Reed Cawthon was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps as a member of Clemson’s varsity men’s soccer team. Frank Cawthon had played under legendary collegiate soccer coach I.M. Ibrahim, who guided the Tigers to National Championships in 1984 and 1987.

The younger Cawthon was a member of the program from 2014–16, but when his collegiate career was cut short, another chapter began.

“I decided to go ahead and join the club team,” he said. “Instead of treating my sport like a job, I get to have fun with it. I really appreciated that … so I want to give back somehow, someway.

Reed Cawthon, a club sports enthusiast and Campus Recreation official

Reed Cawthon played varsity soccer at Clemson before participating avidly in club sports and working as an official in Campus Recreation.
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“Joining Campus Recreation was the best way to do that.”

Not only a club soccer participant, but also an intramural sports official, Cawthon has taken every advantage afforded to him by Campus Recreation.

With the recent news of state-level approval for the second phase of the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center, he believes others will share similar experiences.

“It’s going to help open a lot of opportunities for people to be active,” Cawthon said of the complex, which received the green light to soon begin construction toward a new 140,000 square foot intramural and club field, as well as Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) facility just across Lake Hartwell from the main campus.

Wait-listing students wanting to participate in intramural and club sports is not a new issue at Clemson. In addition to often unplayable surfaces due to wear and tear to the department’s primary grass fields, overcrowding is one of the primary reasons new spaces have been devoted to Campus Recreation’s inventory in the form of the LoConte Family Field at the Snow Complex, and most recently a grass field adjacent to Lightsey Bridge Apartments.

Clemson students playing an intramural flag football game

Intramural sports such as flag football often face overcrowding, but a 140,000 square foot turf field is on the way at the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center.
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Senior bioengineering major Victoria Schatzer, an office assistant and field manager for Campus Recreation, said the most difficult aspect of her job is turning students away from participating.

“We’re really spread out around our different areas,” she explained. “It’s going to be really nice to have that all in one place, where Campus Rec is happening live all around you.”

Rachel Jones, a second-year graduate student in Clemson’s counselor education program, currently serves as a graduate assistant for intramural sports. She helps oversee undergraduate student staff, while assisting with programming, scheduling of officials and organizing department events.

Jones, who played basketball her entire life before college, said the new space additions at the Snow Center will allow for better student involvement across the board.

“Having new fields for soccer and flag football — while being able to accommodate so many teams that have been on wait-lists and who want to be a part of the program — will get more students engaged in intramurals,” she said. “Having the extra space at the beach is going to continue to promote that excitement and love we have for Campus Recreation here at Clemson.”

Note: For information on participating in the Snow Challenge, visit Clemson’s giving page.