New SUBR intramural center set to open, named in honor of former director
- 11/14/2013 -
After years of planning and recent construction, Southern University Baton Rouge is set to open the Horace Wesley Moody Sr. Intramural Center. A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony is scheduled for the new $6.5 million state of the art sports facility November 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. The building is named after Southern University's first intramural program director that served in the position for 16 years.
A New Orleans native, Horace W. Moody Sr. was born May 25, 1919. He went to McKinley High School in Baton Rouge and received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education and a master's of science from Southern University. He coached for Southern University as defensive coordinator, as well as coaching for Scotlandville, Capitol, and Lincoln High Schools in Baton Rouge. He retired as an employee of the Southern University System in 1986. Along with his accomplishments are being a founding member of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). He also was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity incorporated.
Moody had a large family that exceeded his seven children. According to his son Horace Moody Jr. he made others feel like a family as well.
"It warms my heart to see what he's done for others and how that love is being shown back to his family," said Horace Moody Jr. He added that his family was blessed with how the NIRSA speaks of his father and how he turned it into a family environment. "I am extremely proud; it is difficult to put it into words. Through lifetime when that name is mentioned there are so many stories that just flow out about my father."
Along with being a great person whose actions and personality garnered the respect of his peers, Moody Sr. was also a model of consistency. He was Southern University's only intramural sports director until 1986. When he stepped down in 1986, Melvin Robinson was named Southern University intramural director and has been in charge of it since then. When asked about how he felt about the facility being built, Robinson said that he was happy that it was open.
"I am excited for the students here at Southern University. This is more than they have ever had here. We wonâ€™t totally compare to the larger state schools and nationally but we will have some aspects of fitness, conditioning and recreation that other places offer," said Robinson.
The new center will be operated by a staff of five headed up by Robinson, graduate assistants, and college work-study students.
Students were asked about the opening of the intramural center and gave comments on how they felt about it getting ready to be opened.
Kala Lambert, a sophomore studying communications said, "I feel like it is needed and itâ€™s about time. So Iâ€™m glad because I like to work out so I know Iâ€™ll be there a lot."
The building measures at 33.578 square feet, and sits in front of a number of dorms and campus apartments, making it easily accessible to the students. The facility comes with basketball and volleyball courts along with weight lifting and exercise areas. Locker rooms and lounge areas also are featured in the building. The intramural complex is a part of the $60 million dollar bond project through the non-profit SU System Foundation. The bond project included the new student resident halls, the expansion of the A.W. Mumford Stadium, and other construction projects.
The new SU Intramural Center will do many different things when it opens. It will allow students, faculty, staff, and alums that desire to exercise either to stay in shape or get healthier the opportunity to do so in an up to date facility. It will serve as a way to bring students together. Lastly and most importantly, it will honor the life and legacy of Horace Moody Sr. and show that appreciation by opening it in his name.