Emory University

Emory University

Emory University

Atlanta, GA



The mission of Emory Recreation & Wellness is to provide an academic and recreational health and wellness program through physical activity that enables the campus community to increase its physical, mental and emotional health, and engage in the creation of skills to ensure long term healthy behaviors and professional success.


Emory’s two facilities serve a diverse population of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, including over 5,000 faculty, staff, affiliate, alumni and community memberships.

Georgia W. Woodruff Physical Education Center

The George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center, a 350,000-square-foot facility, opened its doors to the Emory community in August of 1983. The $20 million physical education center was named in honor of Mr. George W. Woodruff, a well-known Atlanta engineer, businessman, corporate leader, philanthropist and trustee of the university for his significant role in the transfer of the $105 million Emily and Ernest Woodruff Fund to Emory.

The Woodruff Physical Education Center is home to Emory Recreation & Wellness and intercollegiate athletics. Emory has hosted numerous special events, including University Athletic Association and National Collegiate Athletic Association championship athletic events, the Georgia State Special Olympics, the National Transplant Games, the National Veterans’ Wheelchair Games, President Clinton’s Address, 1996 Olympic training and much more.

Student Activity & Academic Center

The Student Activity & Academic Center, a 44,000-square-foot facility, opened its doors to the Emory community in 2003. The facility features a 50-meter outdoor pool, 25-yard outdoor teaching pool, outdoor children’s pool, two clay and six hardcourt tennis courts, one sand volleyball court, one outdoor basketball court, an indoor fitness center, basketball courts, mail room, and meeting and classroom space serving the Clairmont campus.

Kaminksy Park

June of 2010, Michael Kaminsky, a 1989 graduate of Emory, made a $1 million gift to the intramural athletics program, half of which will fund improvements to the university’s intramural field and facilities, while the other half will establish an endowment for the intramural program.


Physical Education Curriculum

Physical education curriculum classes are offered under the umbrella of recreation and wellness. Approximately 50 classes per semester are offered for credit. Principles of physical fitness courses integrates a core of classroom-based content with instruction in a specific physical activity. Students apply the cognitive components to a semester-long learning progression in their chosen activity. Physical education and dance courses offer students a wide array of elective courses and are offered in contemporary fitness activities, lifetime recreational pursuits, and mind-body disciplines to promote the maintenance of life-long fitness and a sustainable enthusiasm for physical activity.

  • Group Fitness classes: Offered at both facilities on an average of 35 classes per week.
  • Personal TrainingOffered one-on-one, or in buddy and small groups. Includes free fitness orientations and free body composition testing.
  • Instructional Clinics: Martial arts.
  • Health and Safety: CPR classes and lifeguard training classes.
  • Sports Clubs: 26 sports clubs with 750 unique participants.
  • Intramurals: Average of 415 teams with 2,000 unique participants.
  • Sports Fitness Camp: A four-week summer camp for children operated by recreation and wellness staff.

Integrated Wellness Programs

  • Healthy eagle ambassadors
  • Clean and lean nutrition and fitness challenge
  • Fall into fitness challenge
  • Cooking demos
  • Mindful eating workshops

Special Events Highlights

  • International festival and world cup tournament
  • Dive-in movies
  • Cardboard boat regatta
  • Futsal Fridays
  • Polar bear plunge
  • Sunset yoga
  • Intramural homecoming 5K


  • 15 professional staff within recreation and wellness programs and facilities and operations
  • Three graduate assistants
  • 150 student staff
  • Created full time outdoor coordinator position and hiring summer 2019
  • Emory polo club sponsored by US Polo Association for 2018-2019 season
  • Hosted the Dalai Lama on two occasions, President Jimmy Carter every fall to speak to the freshman class for “Carter Town Hall,” and President Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker for the Law School Centennial Gala
  • Hosted the USA Swimming & Diving team for practices before leaving for the Olympic Rio Games in 2016
Brittany Howard
Brittany is an assistant editor at Peake Media. Reach her at brittany@peakemedia.com

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