Wingate University

Wingate University

Wingate University

Wingate, NC


The mission of Wingate University’s Campus Recreation office is to provide programs and services for the campus community in order to engage in an active lifestyle. These include recreation, sports, fitness and educational opportunities that support the student experience with regard to personal fitness and wellness. The Campus Recreation staff is committed to providing a safe, clean and supportive environment. Our motto is, “Unleash an Active Lifestyle!”


The Jerry E. McGee Center for Health and Wellness opened in January 2017. The approximately 75,000-square-foot facility houses the following:

  • A strength training room with selectorized, plate loaded and free weights.
  • A functional training room.
  • Two group fitness studios.
  • Two racquetball courts.
  • A MAC with recessed soccer goals.
  • A gym with two courts.
  • One-eighth mile suspended track.
  • Cardio equipment with live TV and internet.
  • Conference room.
  • Classroom and exercise science lab.
  • Separate locker rooms for students and employees.


  • “Late Night in McGee” is a fun program for first-year students during welcome weekend. Two hours and about 700-plus people worth of fun.
  • A themed color run takes place each spring, including a superhero theme with capes and masks and a “May the 4th be With You,” Star Wars theme.
  • Women and Weights is a special event on strength training.
  • Dog Dozen is a workout incentive program rewarding regular users.
  • Ninety percent of group fitness classes are taught by certified student instructors.
  • Intramural sports keeps a full schedule with team, individual leagues and tournaments.
  • Wingate University has an 18-basket disc golf course on campus.


  • The facility was named after Dr. Jerry McGee, former university president, who was also a college football official. He got his start officiating intramural sports.
  • Two alums have been NIRSA’s national student rep in consecutive years: Cheyanne Clouse and Tanika Santos-McSwain.
  • Annual participation has more than tripled from 30,000-plus to nearly 120,000 patron visits.
  • Student staff has increased by 200% since opening.
  • There is a significant increase in faculty and staff participation since opening.
  • Campus Recreation staff participate in an annual day of service called, “One Day, One Dog.”
  • The conference room floor is made of wood from the old “Sander Sikes” gym.
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