Here's what we got so far with emails and some stuff removed, as well as the formatting all messed up it looks like PM me to add your own!Parkour in Colleges Resource Sharing
This document is to aid in the creation of both parkour clubs and good relationships with Colleges and Universities. Currently most institutions are afraid of sanctioning parkour on their campus due to liability and facility use concerns. Below you will find stories of progress at various institutions as well as good contacts and helpful resources. It is our hope these can be used both as guidance and as good examples to these institutions of parkour's rising acceptance.
If you have any permission from people on campus, or have a good relationship with the administration, list some contacts so other universities can eventually talk to them directly please! University of Washington
Primary Contacts: Tyson Cecka, Daetan Huck, Joe Hillenbrand
Current Status: Accepting of small groups training, but no formal club and limited contacts, conservative administration.
Training for: About two and half years there, since http://washingtonparkour.com
Coverage: Two articles in the school paper, one in the Alumni magazine, Tyson was granted a Mary Gates Leadership Endowment for Parkour and published as a "UW Success Story" by the career center (after he dropped out...), TIME article and various local newspapers also mention parkour and UW together.
Plans: UW seems to be at a place where they are tolerant of us training there (and should know due to all the media coverage), but does not want to create any official policy for or against it. We've currently gathered together everyone interested into a UW Outreach Committee under the Pacific Northwest Parkour Association to work toward getting a proper Parkour club started there and getting it recognized by the administration. So far we are cool with the Police Department, getting in contact with Grounds Keeping to decide how we can best help care for the areas we train in (Leave No Trace), and still have Risk Management to tackle. We've stopped training and scheduling jams on campus until we can work this out farther.Virginia Tech
Primary Contacts: Leon Mederos, Bryant Burnett, Brian Richard
Current Status: Formal Club/Organization listed under official Virginia Tech Clubs. Website: www.parkour.org.vt.edu
Training for: 2 years since Fall 06
Coverage: 2-3 Articles in School paper, 1 article in local Roanoke Times newspaper
Plans: We want to push towards having an understanding with the Virginia Tech Police. We would like to be at a good understanding where they know we are training safely and not vandalising. At the moment, we seem to be getting mixed reactions. Some cops love what we do, others think we are reckless teenagers endangering ourselves. Iowa State University
Primary Contacts: Mike Rothschild Andrey Asadchev
Current Status: Formal Club/Organization listed under official Iowa State University Clubs. Website: www.isuparkour.com
Training for: Iowa State Parkour and Free Running began in July of 2007 and has been training ever sense.
Coverage: One article in the Iowa State Daily from April 28, 2008 (Article) and a large picture in the Iowa State Daily in early April of 2008.
Plans: We currently are working (or trying to work) with the administration to 100% allow us to workout on campus. The police department here does not usually mind us doing anything as long as we are not climbing any buildings or damaging anything. We might get called in by someone usually, but after they talk to us they are in understanding of what we're doing and that we're a club. However, the administration is a bit more conservative and we are trying to work with them so they're 100% okay with it as well on certain spots of campus. University of Michigan- Ann Arbor Campus
Primary Contacts: Travis Noble Graves Mike Friedman Levi Meeuwenberg
Current Status: Official University club listed under University of Michigan Clubs. Website: Maize Page
Training for: Official club since September 2006.
Coverage: Pictures in school news paper- The Michigan Daily. Interview/ radio piece for NPR- Link .
Plans: Continue raising awareness of parkour and the club itself through articles, performances, etc. We have no problems with the authorities, and we have express permission from the facilities administrator for all medical buildings to practice. We had one informal conversation with Bonnie Brown after people in the building were calling the cops on us for "skateboarding." After explaining who we were and what we did she said it was fine and if anyone gives us trouble (while at a medical building) to tell them Bonnie Brown gave us permission.University of Maryland, College Park
Primary Contacts: Yixin Li
Current Status: Unofficial university club, approval for official status pending.
Website: College Parkour!
Training for: Unofficial club since September 2006.
Coverage: Campus sports organizations knows about our existence. That's pretty much it.
Plans: Continue to increased membership through the spreading of awareness of Parkour and Freerunning. Once we have official status, we will increase training and conditioning, because we will have greater access to the school's gyms and fitness centers. College of Southern Idaho
Primary Contacts: Chris Larson
Current Status: With a great deal of help from the gals at the CSI Community Education Center and the great people at PKNA /WAPK/PNPA, plans have been finalized to teach a beginning parkour class through the College of Southern Idaho this summer. It will be a non-credited 'enrichment' class open for all students and the community. Classes will be offered once a week in two locations; Starting Monday, June 2nd, classes will be held on-campus at the Twin Falls CSI Center, and starting Thursday, June 5th, classes will be held at the Mini-Cassia Center in Burley. (Due to insurance and liability reasons, the Twin Falls class will not be allowed to go off-campus. However, the Mini-Cassia class may go off campus).
Training for: About 2.5 years, plus 5-6months re-coup from work related knee injuries...
Coverage: The Times News paper in Twin Falls-Idaho has scheduled an interview Thursday, May 15th, 2008.
Plans: This is kind of a crash course for parkour in our area. Pk awareness and exposure is minimal and, as far as I know, there are no active clubs/communities here. I have toyed with the idea of starting a pk club at the college, which CSI is in support of (within reasonable limits of course), but haven't had the time because of classes. At any rate, exposure from the wonderful gals at the CSI Community Education Center, the amazing reporters from the Twin Falls Times News, and recent training on-campus has begun to increase the community's interest and awareness in pk. If this summer goes well, the college has suggested making pk a 'credited' P.E. course offered this Fall and perhaps year round. (Though, I believe the credits would be non-transferable, and the winter months would be difficult considering we have no indoor equipment). Also, if this summer goes well, the CSI Law Enforcement program has shown interest in teaching pk to their cadets, and perhaps to other law enforcement agencies in the distant future.
Any tips, advice or questions are greatly appreciated... THANKS!University of Georgia
Primary Contacts: David Echols, John Lubeski, Parkour At UGA
Current Status: We've recently become an official student group on campus (Parkour At UGA), and we're working with Rec Sports in becoming a University sponsored club. The club itself will be geared towards beginners, with an emphasis on conditioning. UGA Student Organizations
Training for: Since Jan. 2007, traceurs in the Athens, GA area have been training on and off UGA Campus. We practice twice a week, usually about 1.5 - 2 hours, and we attend and host jams and events.
Plans: We're gearing up for this Fall, where we plan to host (at least) monthly events to train beginners in parkour. We want to start the club with a narrow focus (beginners) and expand that focus as the traceurs here gain more experience and influence.