Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

MISSION STATEMENT 

The department of sports and recreation enriches the education experience at Kennesaw State University (KSU) by promoting the physical, social, and leadership development of our students and campus community through diverse sport and recreation opportunities within a fun, supportive and experiential environment to enhance quality of life. Our department provides state-of-the-art facilities, programs, and services that encourage community engagement, personal empowerment and healthy lifestyles.

Vision Statement:

We aspire to provide the most comprehensive, inclusive, and progressive recreation and sport facilities, programs, and services for KSU students and the campus community.

Values:

  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Health

FACILITIES DESCRIPTION

Dr. Betty L. Siegel student recreation and activities center (SRAC) is 174,392 square feet and home to the department of sports and recreation. The facility opened June 2015. In addition to the SRAC, sports and recreation manages the recreation and wellness center on our Marietta campus, a disc golf course, bike fix-it stations, six synthetic turf fields and one natural turf field, along with the owls nest and the perch at the KSU sports and entertainment park.

Features:

  • Four-court gymnasiums
  • Climbing gym with a climbing tower and bouldering wall
  • Indoor and outdoor aquatics facilities
  • Wet classroom
  • Indoor walk/jog/run track
  • Three fitness studios
  • Strength and conditioning areas, including free weights, plate-loaded equipment, core fitness, functional training zone, selectorized/pin-select and cardio zone
  • XP power performance area with heavy bags, power lifting and Olympic lifting
  • Three racquetball courts
  • Three activity rooms
  • MAC gym
  • Outdoor adventures suite
  • Bike shop
  • Personal training office
  • Outdoor courts including tennis, basketball and sand volleyball
  • Men and women locker rooms
  • Equipment issue
  • In addition to the department of sports and recreation, SRAC is home to the center for health promotion and wellness which manages a demonstration kitchen.

PROGRAMMING

  • Aquatics
  • Aquatics instructional programs
  • Athletic training for club sports
  • Bike shop
  • Climbing gym
  • Club sports
  • Equipment checkout and rental
  • Experiential group programs
  • Fitness of the fly
  • Group fitness classes
  • Intramural sports
  • Nature bound
  • Open play
  • OwlFit workshops and clinics
  • Outdoor adventures workshops and clinics
  • Personal training
  • Small group training
  • Summer camp
  • Swim lessons

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • SRAC opened June 2015.
  • SRAC received the Outstanding Sports Facility Award at the NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo with Hughes Group Architects.
  • SRAC received bronze citation from the 2016 Educational Interiors Showcase administered by the American School and University magazine, and schooldesign.com along with Hughes Group Architects.
  • Recognized for our participation with the academy for inclusive learning.
  • Awarded a $3,600 grant from the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to support adult learn to swim programs.
  • Designated as a bicycle-friendly university by the League of American Bicyclists.

FUN FACTS

  • Over 300 pieces of fitness equipment.
  • Climbing tower: 47 feet tall on the highest side, 3,722 square feet of climbing surface. It’s made of freeform material using recycled walnut shells.
  • There are more than 450,000 bricks and concrete blocks in SRAC.
  • Reclaimed wood from the oak trees that had to be removed from the construction site was fashioned into counter tops for all the outdoor adventures point-of-sale courters, as well as 15 beautiful pieces of functional furniture that are integrated throughout the facility. Also, the wood was milled even further to resemble pallet wood to cover the vertical surfaces on the point-of-sale counters and display a creative wall design to compliment the natural rustic aesthetic of the outdoor adventures suite.
  • The SRAC received LEED silver.
  • The “spine” of the building kept the previous access between the east side and west side of the building to provide students an opportunity to walk through the building and witness the lively activity taking place throughout the facility.
  • The outdoor pool, sand volleyball courts, basketball court and tennis courts cover 2.2 acres.
Brittany Howard
Brittany is a staff writer at Peake Media. Reach her at brittany@peakemedia.com

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