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Recreational Sports - West Lafayette Campus

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The Division of Recreational Sports (DRS) at Purdue University is proud of the nearly one million recorded utilizations in the 2005-2006 academic year. Beginning as a small intramural sports program in 1919, organized recreational activities at Purdue have evolved into the comprehensive recreational sports program it is today. The DRS is committed to offering a wide range of intramural sports, club sports, informal (drop-in) activities, and fitness/wellness services to the entire Purdue community, regardless of skill level. Activities are held in the Recreational Sports Center (RSC), the Boilermaker Aquatic Center (AQUA), and on over 125 acres of outdoor space. Making friends, relieving stress, staying active, and learning lifelong fitness/recreational habits are just some examples of the many roles recreational sports play on campus and what make participation an extremely attractive and rewarding component of the entire college experience.

2005-2006 HIGHLIGHTS

Club Sports - Total membership in 27 clubs is approaching 2,000 people.
- Men's Rugby finished the season ranked ninth in the nation.
- Men's and Women's Soccer qualified for the NIRSA national championships.
- Cricket Club won the Division II Tournament. The club was promoted to Division I this season.
- Gymnastics Club competed at Nationals; men finished fifth and women finished seventh. 
- Fencing: Men's Fencing Epee Team finished third at Nationals, the highest finish in club history.
- Racquetball Club placed 14th at Nationals. Women placed 11th and men placed 16th.
- Men's Ultimate Frisbee hosted Sectionals and finished third in sectional play and seventh in the region.
- Women's Volleyball team entered Nationals ranked 19th and finished fifth in the nation.
- The Running Club has joined the club sports program.

Intramural Sports - In addition to more than 30 activities offered throughout the year, new sports include: Outdoor 3-on-3 Basketball, HORSE Tourney, Team Table Tennis, Team Badminton, Team Tennis, and Golf Tourneys.

Fitness/Wellness Services - 401,823 people visited the Colby Fitness Center; over 23,000 people participated in nearly 1,500 group exercise classes. Learn-to-Play instructional classes recorded 611 participants, 1,015 personal training sessions, and 65 fitness tests were purchased.

Boilermaker Aquatic Center - Recorded nearly 87,000 recreational swimmers; implemented a Learn-to-Swim Program for adults and children.

Boiler Challenge Program - 59 different groups, totaling 1,098 people, participated in the Low Challenge and High Team Challenge Course. The Class of 1979 High Team Challenge Course was dedicated in October 2005.

Boiler Kids Camp - Had 630 registered campers, keeping registration over 600 campers for the seventh year in a row.

Student Employment - Employed 453 students across six areas and paid out $379,000 in student wages.

Intramural Participations 2001-2006*
Total RSC Utilizations 2001-2006
Intramural Participations 2001-2005* Total RSC Utilizations 2001-2005
*The academic period of 2005-06 experienced a decrease in participations. This was an expected change due to intramural fees set in place for the first time.
Note: A participation is the number of times a participant participates in an activity.
Data valid from start of Summer module I to Spring Semester Commencment Sunday


Source: Division of Recreational Sports

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