Parents and Families

U-M Rec Sports

Looking for ways your student could become more active or more involved in the community while at school? Look no further. With all of the adventures offered through U-M’s Recreational Sports, the possibilities are almost endless. From sailing to boxing, fencing, running, rowing, soccer, to regular water polo and inner-tube water polo, there’s something for everyone.

And this year, Rec Sports celebrates its 100-year anniversary! It's an honor we share with Ohio State University.  U-M and OSU both created their recreational sports programs 100 years ago - the first such programs in the country.  Care to guess the first organized sport activity at Michigan?  Cricket!

Of the 33 current Club Sports, 24 U-M teams advanced beyond the league level in the 2011-2012 academic year, and 23 National Champions have achieved their title since 1997.  U-M students also participate in 25 Intramural Sports, which involve 2,300 teams, and hold 6,200 games every year.

Rec Sports also offers non-competitive programs and events, like Outdoor Adventures’ bike rentals, indoor rock climbing wall, and backpacking trips. Or the Challenge Program’s  interactive and experiential team building programs, including an outdoors ropes course. 

“I think our programs and facilities give students the opportunity to learn and grow and develop in a non-traditional environment,” said Nicole Green, Assistant Director of Special Events at Recreational Sports.  According to Green, about 31,000 currently enrolled students participate – meaning about 75% of the University of Michigan student body has already found an activity through Rec Sports to enjoy.

There are many ways students can be a part of Rec Sports, including four indoor facilities.  Other U-M affiliates can also purchase a membership – currently, at a discounted rate as a part of the 100th anniversary celebration, 100 days of membership for just $100.

So inspire your students to go out, get involved, and get active. Maybe kick the ball around for a while, or at least get a free squishy one from any Recreational Sports business office, and celebrate the beginning of the next 100 years.


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