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The Division of Recreational Sports (DRS) at Purdue University is proud of the over one million recorded utilizations in the 2008-2009 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.
- Club Sports -Total membership in 29 clubs is approaching 2,392 Members.
- Women’s Volleyball competed in the National Volleyball Tournament and received the Boilermaker Pride Award.
- Men's Soccer placed second in the MASC Conference Central Division.
- Twenty-one Fencing club members traveled to Wisconsin to compete in their national tournament.
- Racquetball sent four members to Phoenix, AZ to compete in their national tournament.
- Crew won the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta’s Overall Point Trophy for the 11th consecutive year.
- Intramural Sports - Of the 38 activities offered throughout the year, the most participated activites include: Flag Football (269 teams), Basketball (282 teams), Softball (169 teams), Soccer (136 teams), and Volleyball (135 teams).
- Fitness/Wellness Services - Group Exercise experienced a huge increase in participation. 1,375 passes were sold. Learn-to-Play Instructional classes also experienced an increase with 692 participants. 1,169 personal training sessions and 82 fitness assessments were purchased.
- Boilermaker Aquatic Center - Recorded over 129,000 splashes. The center hosted numerous Private and Group Learn-to-Swim classes for youth and adults.
- Boiler Challenge Program - 125 different groups, totaling 2,695 people participated in the Low Challenge and High Team Challenge Course. 1,943 of our participants were Purdue students.
- Friday Night Late Night Activities - DRS hosted six late night events throughout the year, giving students options for on campus options for healthy weekend activities. Nearly 4,000 students took advantage of these activies that included games, entertainment, sports activities, crafts, food and more.
- Student Employment - Employed more than 400 students across six areas and paid out $549,958 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.
Data valid from start of Summer Module 1 to Spring Semester Commencment Sunday.
Source: Division of Recreational Sports