The Missouri State University Campus Recreation department is a community dedicated to providing opportunities for recreation and wellness that develop healthy and engaged citizens.
The FOSTER RECREATION CENTER (FRC) opened on the Missouri State University campus in July 2012 consolidating student recreation in one central campus location. The project was initiated in 2006 by student leaders, designed with student input, and funded with a dedicated student fee and private contributions. The facility’s unique design has already received numerous architectural awards including the NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award and Recreation Management’s Innovative Architecture and Design Award, and was featured in a New York Times article about campus pools. The FRC is also Silver LEED certified and is recognized for accessibility and sustainability.
The 100,000 square foot facility features basketball/volleyball courts, a MAC (multi-activity court), a weight-fitness area, group exercise rooms, a jogging track, a climbing/bouldering wall, an indoor fitness/activity pool with an outdoor patio, a wellness suite featuring massage therapy, an outdoor bouldering area, administrative space and more.
Unique features include:
Additionally, Campus Recreation manages the outdoor BETTY & BOBBY ALLISON RECREATION FIELDS. The fields are available for intramural sports, club sports, and open play and feature three sand volleyball courts and two artificial turf flag football/soccer fields. Through a generous donation, the fields were recently refurbished with new scoreboards, digital signs, and eye-catching signage identifying the fields. The artificial turf fields are scheduled to be replaced in Summer 2017.
Campus Recreation offers unique variations on traditional recreation programs focusing on collaboration, diversity, cultural competence, and inclusion. Program areas include aquatics, fitness & wellness, outdoor adventures, and recreational sports encompassing intramurals and club sports.
The Aquatic Center, besides having a unique design, features intro to paddle boarding and yoga paddle boarding. Log rolling has been added as a cooperative program with Outdoor Adventures utilizing a lumberjack theme to introduce students to the sport and then culminating with a tournament. Swim lesson, water aerobics, pool parties, and CPR, First Aid, and lifeguard certification classes round out the Aquatic Center program offerings.
Fitness & Wellness programs encompass a wide variety of health and wellness topics. From BearFit (group exercise classes) to Personal Training, and Massage Therapy, there is something for everyone. Specialty classes such as Weightlifting 101 (a how-to guide to gym confidence), Road Warriors (indoor cycling to train for the MS150 ride), and Finals Power Sessions (relaxation, restorative Yoga, chair massage, and dietetics) provide additional opportunities to learn new skills.
Enjoy the outdoors? Outdoor Adventures offers guided trips both locally and throughout the United States. Besides an awareness and appreciation of nature, participants will learn lifetime skills, boost their self-confidence, and relieve stress. For those who prefer to explore on their own, rental equipment is available for a nominal fee. Students also enjoy learning to climb at the Foster Recreation Center on the indoor 24’ climbing/bouldering wall or the outdoor climbing boulder. Stumped or Pumped, an annual climbing event, brings in participants from Missouri as well as neighboring states with participation growing every year.
Recreational Sports at Missouri State include both Intramural and Club Sports. Intramural sports offer the traditional sports like flag football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and many others and work closely with fraternities and sororities to host fundraising events such as bubble soccer and wheelchair basketball. Intramural sports also just hosted the first MOIRSA (Missouri NIRSA) Basketball Official’s Workshop. Along with intramurals, the courts and outdoor fields are always crowded with students during open play.
All Campus Recreation programs are promoted by our in-house marketing staff which includes student graphic design artists and videographers supervised by the Marketing Graduate Assistant. They coordinate many different forums to “get the word out” about programs.
Missouri State University has a Public Affairs Mission focusing on three pillars: Ethical Leadership, Cultural Engagement, and Community Engagement. Campus Recreation strives to connect to the three pillars in a variety of ways.