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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 over one million recorded utilizations in the 2006-2007 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.

2006-2007 HIGHLIGHTS

Club Sports -Total membership in 28 clubs is approaching 1,800 people.
- Men's Rugby finished the season ranked 15th in the nation.
- Trap and Skeet's Ryan DaRosa won the American skeet event at nationals in San Antonio, Texas.  He broke 100 out of 100 targets for a
  perfect score.
- Gymnastics Club competed at Nationals; men finished 7th on the national stage.
- Crew won the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta's Overall Point Trophy for the 9th consecutive year.
- The men's and women's varsity eight crews both won gold medals in the 2007 Dad Vail Rowing Championship.
- The Women's Volleyball team entered Nationals ranked 9th and finished 3rd in the nation.

Intramural Sports - In addition to 45 activities offered throughout the year, new sports include: Cornhole, Fantasy Football, PS2 Madden Challlenge, and PS2 March Madness.

Fitness/Wellness Services - 407,923 people visited the Colby Fitness Center; 1,014 group exercise passes were sold this year.  Nearly 20,000 people participated in approximately 1,450 group exercise classes.  Learn-to-Play instructional classes recorded 750 participants, 1,541 personal training sessions and 65 fitness tests were purchased. 

Boilermaker Aquatic Center - Recorded nearly 67,000 splashes.  The center hosted many events, including the U.S. Open Swimming championships in December. 

Boiler Challenge Program - 92 different groups, totaling 1,543 people, participated in the Low Challenge and High Team Challenge Course.  Two new elements have been added to the Low Challenge Course.

Boiler Kids Camp - The Division's summer day camp for children ages 5-12 had a total of 565 campers.

Student Employment - Employed more than 400 students across six areas and paid out $380,000 in student wages.

1The 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 1 to Spring Semester Commencment Sunday.


Source: Division of Recreational Sports

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