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Recreational Sports

Tom Diehl

Recreational Sports provides a variety of programs, services and facilities designed to meet the leisure and health needs of the VCU community. All currently enrolled students with valid identification are eligible to use all facilities. VCU and VCUHS staff, VCU faculty, alumni, retirees and selected contract employees are also eligible to join as members; details and fees are available in the membership section of the Recreational Sports website.

Recreational sports programs

Informal recreation

Available at all facilities and includes drop-in use of the fitness centers, gymnasiums, swimming pools, court space and the Cary Street Field.

Intramural sports

Leagues and tournaments offered throughout the year at various skill levels, as well as men's, women's and corecreational divisions. Sports include basketball, flag football, softball, racquet sports, volleyball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and dodgeball.

Fitness programs

Programs include free group exercise classes, personal fitness training services, fitness incentive programs and instructional programs.

Outdoor Adventure Program

The OAP provides reasonably priced outdoor recreational trips. Activities such as camping, kayaking, climbing, cross-country skiing and more are offered throughout the year and facilitated by experienced trip leaders. For those planning their own outdoor activities, the Outing Rental Center offers equipment such as canoes, tents, backpacks, sleeping bags and trail guides at nominal cost. For additional information, call (804) 828-6004.

Sport clubs

Clubs give students the opportunity to train and compete against other colleges in a variety of sports. Clubs vary in focus and programming as student members manage the operation of the club and decide on club activities. 

Aquatics programs

Programs are held at both Cary Street Gym and MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center. Members can take advantage of learn-to-swim programs for adults and children, water exercise and incentive programs, and aquatic certification programs.

Recreational Sports facilities

Recreational Sports operates five facilities encompassing two fitness centers; two gyms with courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis; racquetball and squash courts; three swimming pools; a climbing wall and a bouldering wall; an artificial-turf indoor multipurpose activity center; group exercise studios; cycling studios; martial arts room; lighted, artificial-turf field; a tennis center; and a lighted outdoor basketball court. Both fitness centers offer free weights, selectorized equipment and cardiovascular equipment, as well as televisions that feature Comcast cable. Student organizations may make reservation requests for facility space when available.

Facilities include:


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