A Rec Sports Story: Inspiring People to Play Hard, Get Fit, Live Well

get_fit_heroMany people think the only sports happening on campus are at Camp Randall and in the Kohl Center. But, the biggest sports story of them all happens every day on the fields, courts, running tracks, and weight-room floors of the UW Division of Recreational Sports.

At the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF), the Natatorium (Nat), the Shell, the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, and three outdoor fields, students, faculty, alumni, friends of the university — of every shape, size, and ability level — engage in activities that help give a healthy shape to their lives.

The Rec Sports facilities are an integral part of daily university life: campus recreational facilities see around 1.5 million uses in the course of a school year. These facilities and the more than 40 sports clubs, 2,970 group fitness classes, and the 25 intramural sports leagues affect the lives of tens of thousands of Badgers in a variety of meaningful ways.

Staying active in recreational programs and facilities offers a sense of connection to campus in a way that other extracurricular activities do not. Students, faculty, and staff alike share stories about how staying physically active has helped their performance in the classroom or at work. Rec Sports hears stories every year about students who met some of their best friends while working out in the weight room. Likewise, students share that the Rec Sports programs and facilities provide an outlet to relieve stress and refocus. While the campus mission is certainly centered on academic commitments, it is the student’s overall experience that leaves a lasting impression.

A gift to the Rec Sports project is an investment in the daily experience of more than 40,000 students as well as the greater campus community. The next chapter in the Rec Sports story looks to be an exciting one, and your support ensures that students for the next 50 years may share in that excitement.