Indiana University

IU

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN


MISSION STATEMENT

We connect, inform and inspire people to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

VISION

We strive to be the most comprehensive, inclusive and progressive recreational sports program in the country. We accomplish this through:

  • Diverse sport and fitness opportunities
  • Advancing a culture of wellness
  • Offering student development opportunities
  • Distinctive facilities and equipment
  • An enhanced sense of community
  • Leadership to the profession

FACILITY AMENITIES

Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC)

The SRSC is a popular venue among IU students as a place to stay active with sports and fitness activities. Built in 1995, the SRSC was almost completely student-funded at a cost of $22.5 million.

The facility houses the following:

  • Multiple strength and cardio areas
  • Group exercise, yoga and Pilates studio
  • More private strength and cardio studios
  • Seven racquetball/wallyball courts, two squash courts, table tennis and badminton
  • Five basketball/volleyball courts
  • Multi-purpose gyms
  • The Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center (CBAC) Olympic-sized pool and diving well
  • Indoor walking/jogging/running track
  • Futsal Court

Wildermuth Intramural Center (WIC)

Centrally located in the heart of campus, the WIC building is IU’s first recreational sports facility. Many spaces are shared with the School of Public Health-Bloomington academic programs. While that limits weekday hours for self-directed participation, it is particularly well-suited for intramural sport and club sport programs.

  • Two strength and cardio areas
  • Group exercise, yoga and Pilates studio
  • 10 basketball/volleyball courts
  • Royer pool and diving well
  • Indoor walking/jogging/running track
  • Two multi-purpose gyms
  • Open-use dance space
  • Nine racquetball/wallyball courts, squash courts
  • Table tennis and badminton

Additional Recreational Sports facilities:

  • Recreational Sports Field Complex
  • IU Outdoor Pool
  • IU Tennis Center
  • Evan Williams Club Sports Field
  • Woodlawn Tennis Courts and North Jordan Tennis Courts
  • Woodlawn Fields

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

Aquatics:

  • Open lap swimming — 155,000 participants annually
  • Deep water exercise sessions
  • Private and group swim lessons from certified American Red Cross instructors
  • American Red Cross Water Safety instruction and lifeguard training
  • Aquatic incentive programs

Club sports:

  • 41 student-run club sports — from aikido to water skiing with 2,256 members
  • Over 9,000 practice hours per year

Fitness and wellness:

  • Over 80 group exercise sessions offered each week in step, yoga, dance, indoor cycling, sports conditioning, strength/flexibility/balance and trekking, representing 44,208 annual facility visits
  • In the fall of 2012, Recreational Sports more than doubled the amount of space dedicated to strength and cardio areas to 31,000 square feet, with 510 pieces of equipment including 258 pieces of cardio equipment
  • Cardio and CircuitStrength rooms
  • CycleFit studio
  • Pilates sessions available for an additional fee
  • Certified Personal Trainers available for an additional fee

Informal sports:

  • Facilities open 362 days a year with over 638,509 uses of the facilities annually
  • Free court reservations for volleyball and racquetball
  • Women’s priority courts available for basketball
  • Equipment checkout stations
  • Locker rental with complimentary towel service
  • Priority time for badminton and indoor soccer

Intramural sports:

  • 20 tournaments — most open to male, female and co-intramural teams
  • Over 7,600 students participate each year
  • Participants select when they play
  • Competitive and recreation divisions provide opportunities for all skill levels

Special events:

  • Jill Behrman Color the Campus 5K Run/Walk: Over 1,200 runners and walkers participated in the 2017 JB5K. Proceeds benefit the Jill Behrman Emerging Leader Scholarship, assault awareness and self-defense workshops, and Recreational Sports programs for IU students. The Office of Student Life and Learning was named the JB5K 2017 Event of the Year!
  • Celebrate EVERYBody Week: It originated at IU in 2009 and is now carried out by programs across the country, CEBW is a week-long series of activities to highlight and celebrate positive body image.
  • Recreational Sports Sneak Peek: We host approximately 3,500 incoming freshman at the SRSC over 23 nights each summer as part of the Recreational Sports sneak peek that provides opportunities to preview all our programs and services, tour facilities and gather information.
  • RecFest: The interactive recreation festival is held during the IU Welcome Back Week at the Wildermuth Intramural Center for students — targeting freshmen and transfer students.

IU Tennis Center:

  • 1,300 members
  • The IU Tennis Center, an auxiliary operation managed by Campus Recreational Sports since 2015, offers both structured programs, including lessons, clinics and leagues as well as unstructured court time to play with friends.
  • Programs include instructional clinics, Cardio Lite, drills, informal tennis, Fast Feed Tennis, tournaments, match play days, Friday Night Freebies and flex leagues.

FUN FACTS

All students receive Recreational Sports memberships through their student activity fee, requiring only their IU student ID to access programs and services in two key indoor facilities: the Wildermuth Intramural Center (WIC) and Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC).

  • Campus Recreational Sports (RS) is one of the largest employers on the IUB campus, with over 1,091 part-time hourly staff, representing 154 different academic majors.
  • 88% of IUB students use RS programs and services. Student participants are demographically representative across academic class standing, gender, race and ethnicity.
  • 95% of IUB students believe participation in RS contributes to the quality of life at IUB.
  • We serve nearly 36,000 people, drawing over 2 million facility visits per year.
Bobby Dyer
Bobby is a staff writer at Peake Media. Reach him at bobby@peakemedia.com.

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