Virginia Tech’s Rec Sports has a lot to offer students looking to get active.
According to their website, “the department of recreational sports enhances the quality of life for the university community by educating and encouraging participation in activities that promote healthy lifestyles, social interactions, and leadership skills.”
Rec Sports offers students a great way to stay healthy and meet fellow Hokies through intramural sports.
Tech’s intramural sports program is recognized nationwide as one of the most active and it serves more than 13,000 participants per year.
Students can participate in men’s, women’s or co-recreational divisions.
Tech provides a wide range of sports from flag football, basketball and soccer to wallyball, bowling and popular innertube water polo.
Students looking to participate in a more competitive and formal atmosphere can join one of the club teams.
There are currently 29 sport clubs that are active year-round. Unlike varsity sports, anyone who wishes to play can get involved in a club and will not be turned away.
Both gyms provide swimming pools for an alternative workout.
McComas Hall and War Memorial Hall each offer a 25-yard swimming pool with eight lanes; however, the McComas pool has a depth of 6.5 feet while the War Memorial pool has a 14-foot diving area.
Those interested in getting a little more serious about staying healthy can also sign up for instructional classes.
These classes range from private sports lessons and weight training to healthy and safety classes, including CPR, lifeguarding and water safety instruction.
During the past year, rec sports has made several improvements to their facilities to live up to their motto of being “dedicated to meeting the changing needs of a diverse community.”
As far as improvements go, a new gym floor was laid in gym 125 in War Memorial Hall and is now high school regulation size. Along with a new gym floor, three additional badminton courts have been added.
Besides the renovations, rec sports has now installed various technology systems.
For example, the BOD POD has recently been added to the McComas Hall fitness assessment center, which can perform a body composition analysis.
Another update that McComas now offers students is hand scanners, which provide students with an alternative way to check in at the gym without their Hokie passport.
Rec sports has a wide range of services for students looking to have fun and stay healthy. Whether a student is looking for a relaxed way to stay fit or more serious training, rec sports can provide all students with what they are looking for.
For more information visit recsports.vt.edu.