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 Recreational Sports

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Leah Hall Dorothy, Director
Recreational Sports

Social engagement, physical activity, and healthy living are the signature products of the Department of Recreational Sports. Over four thousand students access campus recreation facilities each day, as extensive programming provides varied activities and growth opportunities for OSU’s diverse student interests. Student incidental fees ensure that all registered students have drop-in access to these important, life-balance resources.

Recreation Facilities

Dixon Recreation Center includes multiple gyms and courts, a comprehensive fitness center, an indoor track, an indoor climbing center, a sand volleyball court, and Steven’s Natatorium. Full-service locker rooms and equipment issue are also available.

The Dixon Climbing Center provides over 7,000 square feet of climbing surface for climbers of all abilities. This 42-foot-tall facility has three types of wall surface and is equipped with several cracks for lead climbing. It also contains the world’s only elevator-accessible rappel station. The McAlexander Climbing Center provides over 4,000 square feet of high performance climbing wall surface including a 60-foot-long bouldering wall. This wall is equipped with several instructional components such as a rappelling ledge, and a cliff-top training platform.

McAlexander Fieldhouse includes indoor turf, multi-sport courts, and an indoor climbing center. 

The Stevens Natatorium includes an 8-lane, 25-yard lap pool, a deep-water pool, and a spa with an adjoining observation deck. Full-service locker rooms, equipment issue area, and a private changing room are also available. When the weather is nice there is also an outside sun deck.

Student Legacy Park includes turf fields, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a track, basketball court, and outdoor pavilion.

Peavy Sports Fields (grass) are commonly used for intramural play.

Recreational Sports also rents facilities for large and small groups—camps, conference activities, events, etc. Learn more about available spaces, fees, and schedules at

Recreation Services and Programs

The Adventure Leadership Institute includes a variety of facilities, classes, programs, and services that support educational and leadership experiences outside the classroom. Special ‘for-credit’ classes are offered to provide the skills needed to lead trips or facilitate groups. Professional certificates can be obtained in these areas. Call 541-737-4341 to set-up an appointment with an advisor. The Adventure Leadership Institute is also the home of the Adventure Club, offering a variety of outdoor pursuits for the OSU community to join in throughout the year.

Experiential education is offered to students, faculty, and community groups on a six-acre challenge course of low and high elements designed to actively engage the mind and body. Participants develop a greater understanding of communication and problem solving skills, as well as the people they live and work with through group challenge activities. Highly trained instructors are on hand to assist all groups.

Fitness programs offer drop-in group fitness classes in activities such as zumba, indoor cycling, yoga, kickboxing, step, boot camp and group strength and resistance. Personal training and small-group training are available by appointment. Fitness hosts special events, presentations and workshops year-round and upon request. Appointments are available for fitness testing, personal training, and athletic training.

Intramural sports emphasize participation and fun through competition with others on campus. There are over& 40 individual, dual, and team sports including 5K walk/runs, badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, dodgeball, flag football, golf, indoor baseball, kickball, pickle ball, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, ultimate disc, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, and others.

Safety programs are a campus resource for CPR and First Aid training, first aid kits and supplies, emergency response staffing for events, and safety awareness seminars.

Special events hosted at the recreation center include Start Night, RecNight, and After Dark—popular late-night forums of food, music and activities with friends.

Sport clubs are student run and often compete with other universities around the state and across the United States. Clubs are available for student intercollegiate competition in archery, badminton, baseball, bass fishing, cycling, disc golf, dodgeball, equestrian (dressage, drill, hunter-jumper, IHSA), gymnastics, judo, karate, kendo, lacrosse, pistol, polo, racquetball, rifle, rugby, running, sailing, soccer, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, triathlon, ultimate disc, volleyball, and water polo.

Wellness coaching helps students, faculty, and staff develop a personal plan to pursue goals for well-being.

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