Matchbox Newsletter

Published April 1, 2015

Register Online for the 5K and SwatLift Games

You can now register for the 1st Annual 5K and SwatLift Games! Please complete the registration by April 22.

For those unable to attend our March info sessions, we are extending the Matchbox Education Series to Fridays in April from 12:30-1PM. Also, the Concussion Management Team will host the 3rd Annual Concussion Forum on April 16 at 7:30PM in Science Center 101. See below for details on both programs. This week in our very first newsletter feature, Eric shares his story about his path to physical health and wellness. And finally, a big thank you to the 25 students, faculty, and staff who joined us for our Biometric Screen! We will offer it again in the future.

Be well,Noemí and Eric

First Annual Matchbox Couch to 5K Saturday, April 25, 9:30AM Registration Required

The entire Swarthmore community is invited to participate in the First Annual Couch to 5K fun-run. We welcome all levels and ages. This event has a $15 entry fee for non-students to benefit the Philadelphia area Women Against Abuse, a domestic abuse advocate and services provider. It is free for Tri-Co students and people under18. We will be providing vouchers for cost-prohibitive considerations.

First Annual SwatLift Games for Students Wednesday, April 29, 7PM Registration Required

Welcome to the first Power Lifting Contest for students! Each participant will have the opportunity to learn about and compete in three lifting exercises: Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift. Winners will be determined by weight class using the Schwartz/ Malone formula. 

Matchbox Education Series

We will be leading 30-minute lessons on equipment usage and gym etiquette during April. The goal is to help reduce barriers that may keep individuals from using the Matchbox, reduce usage anxiety, and introduce gym etiquette. Registration is not required.

Aerobic Training and Cardio Equipment
12:30PM Friday, April 10
Weight Machines and Circuit Training
12:30PM Friday, April 17
Free Weights and Barbell Basics
12:30PM Friday, April 24 

Feature of the Week: Eric Hoffman

I grew up in a very athletically gifted household. Both of my parents played collegiate sports, and athletics were a huge part of my childhood. I was always fascinated by elite level athletes and why and how they were able to do the things they did. “Why can’t I do that? Why can’t everyone do that?” I thought, “After all we are each made up of the same elements.” All this led me to study exercise and health science in undergraduate and graduate school.I also competed at a high level, playing varsity lacrosse in college and professionally in both Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League. I continue to compete. Most recently I was invited to tryout for the USA National Indoor lacrosse team. And now on the back end of a professional athletic career, I find balance and personal satisfaction in recreational activities such as cycling and weightlifting. I feel my best when my body is in motion, and I truly believe that a healthy body is a balanced body.
I plan on living to be 100.

Concussion Q&A


Thursday, April 16, 7:30PM, Science Center 101
Have you or anyone you know sustained a concussion? Has it interfered with your classes? Join our Concussion Management Team and special guests to have your questions answered as they present the 3rd Annual Concussion Forum. All students, faculty, staff, and community members welcome!