NC State University Wellness and Recreation 2019-20 Value and Impact Report

Empowering the Wolfpack community to thrive.

Wellness and Recreation Participation

COVID-19 Impact

Spring 2020

NC State University began reducing operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 17, 2020. With academic classes moving online, Wellness and Recreation facilities closed and programs and services were abruptly ended or transitioned to an online format. The COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted revenues and participation for the 2019-20 year.

By The Numbers

25,670 Students

participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities, totaling to 71% of all Recreational Sport fee-paying students.


of undergraduate students participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.

Classification Usage

percent of undergraduate students by academic classification that participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.


of graduate students participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.


of students living on-campus participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.


of international students participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.


visits to Carmichael during the 2019-20 academic year.

1,700 - 5,000

visits to Carmichael during any given day.

Program Highlights


Our aquatics program provides swim lessons, American Red Cross health and water safety courses and open swim for recreational users. The Aquatic Center also serves as a host site for practices and events for campus partners such as NC State Athletics, student organizations and the Department of Health and Exercise Studies.

By the Numbers

  • Provided 514 individual private swim lessons.
  • Trained 242 participants in health and water safety courses. Courses include lifeguarding, lifeguard recertification, CPR/AED/First aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuers.

Program Highlights

  • Implemented additional water chemistry testing protocol to ensure appropriate chlorine and air-quality levels.

Club Sports

NC State students participate in more than 40 different club sports organizations, building strong social communities on campus. All clubs are student organizations that practice regularly and compete against other universities at the regional and national levels. Clubs engage in community service efforts, fundraise and participate in leadership development opportunities.

By the Numbers

  • Club organizations self-reported 1,781 students participated, totaling 5% of the NC State student population.
  • 43 organizations held 1,400 practices, hosted 61 home games/tournaments and traveled 109 times to compete.
  • Operating expenses exceeded $560,152 of which club sports organizations raised approximately $493,878, representing 88% of club-specific operating budgets.

Program Highlights

  • Collaborated with Student Involvement to significantly improve club re-registration resulting in a 100% success rate.

Tapping Into Togetherness

NC State student, Becca Churchill ‘21, learns leadership skills and finds a supportive community through Pack Clogging Club.


With more than 80 group fitness classes such as cycling, TRX®, yoga, BODYPUMP™ and Zumba®, an innovative small group training program and robust personal training offerings, our fitness program provides a variety of experiences, leveraging nationally-certified staff and innovative spaces that challenge, motivate and inspire.

By The Numbers

  • 7,351 students participated in fitness programs, totaling 20% of all NC State students.
  • Offered 3,314 group fitness classes in 30 different formats. On average, 18 users participated in each class.
  • Completed 4,122 personal training sessions for 274 users.
  • Offered 1,057 F45 Training classes. On average, 15 users participated in each class.

Program Highlights

  • To offer opportunities to the NC State community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of virtual fitness opportunities were implemented including 29 live virtual group fitness classes per week, on-demand workout videos and virtual personal training.
  • NC State was recognized as an Exercise is Medicine® On-Campus "Gold Level Campus" for the fifth year by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). A "Gold Level" recognition is the highest level of recognition and is reserved for universities that have a formalized network with multiple health and well-being related departments on campus that includes physical activity in a student's treatment plan. 57 students participated in Exercise is Medicine®.

The Power Within

An NC State faculty member finds a passion for powerlifting during personal training sessions.

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports offers the NC State community more than 70 leagues and special events that develop healthy behaviors and build relationships through sports.

Sports range from flag football, basketball, soccer and volleyball to exciting and unique events such as pool battleship, bubble soccer and cricket.

By the Numbers

  • 6,099 students participated in intramural sports, totaling 17% of all NC State students.
  • 74 league sports, special events and singles/doubles tournaments were offered during the 2019-20 academic year.

Program Highlights

  • Created a “series” organization for programming including League Sports, Table Game Series, Video Game Series, Friday Night Lights and Singles/Doubles Series.

Intramural Sports Flag Football Championships at Close-King Indoor Practice Facility

For the first time, intramural sports moved off-campus to Close-King indoor practice facility, home of the Wolfpack football team.

FIBA 3×3: Taking on the Half Court

As FIBA 3x3 gains worldwide popularity, NC State takes leadership to provide a unique opportunity on the court.

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures offers students unique outdoor trips to locations across the southeastern United States. Students who are looking to create an expedition can also rent outdoor equipment from the Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rental Center or climb to new heights on the indoor climbing wall.

As part of our challenge course program, students, faculty and staff and external groups can develop individually or build community through customized programs in Schenck Memorial Forest or mobile teambuilding programs.

By the Numbers

  • Led 20 outdoor trips for 285 participants.
  • 2,381 users visited the climbing wall.
  • Fulfilled 1,343 outdoor equipment rentals.
  • 1,208 individuals participated in 46 challenge course programs.

Program Highlights

  • Provided virtual reality outdoor programming through the use of virtual reality headsets for exploring outdoor destinations, engaging in activities that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive and enhancing student wellness using virtual reality guided meditation.

Cheetahs, elephants and drones, oh my

When Josh Glazer ’19, started at NC State, he never imagined that his experience would have led him to piloting drones in Africa.


Wellness and Recreation provides a robust array of programs and resources that promote the holistic well-being of the Wolfpack community. Using educational workshops on topics such as time management, benefits of physical activity and finals week programs that help students de-stress, support the well-being of the whole person.

ThriveWell seeks to cultivate a thriving community through experiences, resources and tools that connect to NC State's six elements of wellness: purpose, financial, physical, emotional, social and community.

By the Numbers

  • 5,600 students participated in ThriveWell programs and outreach, totaling 15% of NC State students.
  • Offered 179 outreach experiences including educational sessions and workshops, wellness challenges and campuswide collaborative events.
  • ThriveWell facilitated 4 campus wellness challenges. 2,444 individuals participated in the "Pack to Sleep," "Hydrate the Pack," "Step to It" and "Wolf Walks" challenges.

Program Highlights

  • More than 201 students participated in 471 wellness coaching sessions.
  • In collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Wellness and Recreation partnered with Andrew Rotz, director of personal finance and financial literacy, to launch three new financial well-being initiatives: Money Talks, Budget Bootcamp and Financial Fridays.
  • Hosted the third annual Wolfpack Way of Life: NC State Wellness Fair. More than 2,200 students, faculty and staff attended the event and interacted with more than 70 campus and community vendors.
  • In partnership with Student Government, Wellness Wednesdays were implemented to increase the number of wellness events and programs on Centennial Campus. This 6-week workshop series introduced a new element of wellness each week, with content and materials delivered by campus experts in various well-being focuses. 68 students participated.
  • Administered the Healthy Minds Survey to a random sample of 6,000 students to examine mental health, service utilization and related issues among undergraduate and graduate students. The data will be used to identify needs and priorities, benchmark against peer institutions and plan for programs and services. 1,020 students completed the survey, totaling a 17% response rate.

Campus Impact

Wellness and Recreation Center

Construction Progress

Photo caption: View from fourth-floor outdoor functional training area, facing east.

Wellness and Recreation Center

Construction Progress

Photo caption: Second-floor fitness center with a view of Talley Student Union.

Wellness and Recreation Center

With construction 75% complete as of June 2020, the Wellness and Recreation Center project is on schedule and within budget. The facility has an anticipated opening of October 2020. This project will provide and enhance much-needed fitness and wellness space that will be welcoming, open, accessible and sustainable.

As the central hub of well-being, the Wellness and Recreation Center will build a deep and lasting impact on the NC State community and play a significant role in the out-of-classroom student experience.

Project Highlights

  • Creates a centralized hub of recreation and wellness for campus.
  • Provides an additional 20,000-square-feet of much-needed fitness space. Specific spaces include fitness centers (informal strength and conditioning), functional training space, mind body studio and small group training/multipurpose space.
  • Creates new recreation space that will include: state-of-the-art climbing center dedicated for recreational use, wellness space, teaching kitchen and more.

Project Stories

Special Events

Wellness and Recreation organizes and hosts several special events for the NC State community. From summer orientation, Wolfpack Welcome Week events to celebrations of well-being, we can spread the message of movement across campus.

Special Events

By The Numbers

  • Wellness and Recreation led 14 Wolfpack Welcome Week events in addition to Moonlight Howl and Run and RecFest.
  • An estimated 10,000 students attended this year's RecFest. One of the largest on-campus events, Wellness and Recreation collaborated with 15 community businesses and nine NC State departments and organizations including University Police, Office of Sustainability, NC State Athletics and PackTV.
  • Facility and field rental and associated revenues for 2019-20 totaled $98,320.
  • Aquatic facility rentals and associated revenues totaled $183,050.
  • Carmichael hosted 11,950 scheduled reservations for NC State departments, student organizations and external groups.

Partnerships and Advancement

Wellness and Recreation provides support though advancement and marketing partnerships to help supplement our programs and services.

Our goal to inspire a thriving Wolfpack community starts with our programs and services and is the embodiment of the Think and Do spirit.

Partnerships and Advancement

By the Numbers

  • $4,568 was raised for the Wellness and Recreation Enhancement Fund.
  • $10,845 was generated from marketing partnerships. 56 corporate partners purchased 67 marketing partnership opportunities.


  • 30 individuals donated to the Wellness and Recreation Enhancement Fund during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Awarded two Wellness and Recreation Friends and Family Student Employee Scholarships. Dani Dalton '21, group fitness instructor and climbing wall specialist and Carson Kelber '21, wellness coach and personal trainer each received scholarships toward 2019-20 tuition and fees. Scholarships were presented at the 2020 "Wolfies," an end-of-the-year student-employee recognition celebration.

Above and Beyond

Two Wellness and Recreation student employees share their passion for giving back—and were recognized with a special scholarship for their efforts.

Student Development

Our student employment program supports more than 650 students employed annually. Students enhance their development by learning transferable skills that will prepare them for the future.

Photo Caption: Jarred Taylor '20, program assistant for ThriveWell and poses for a graduation photo.

Jarred was the recipient of the John F. Miller Award. This award is given to a program assistant that demonstrates leadership, teamwork, is committed to healthy, active lifestyles, demonstrates professionalism, and reflects a positive representation of Wellness and Recreation.

Student Employment

By the Numbers

  • As of May 2020, Wellness and Recreation employs 629 students in 1,430 positions. The department is the largest student employer of students in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs.
  • 1,403 students applied with 336 hired.
  • 77% of student employees have a 3.0 GPA and above.


  • The Wellness and Recreation Student Development Scholarship program awarded $4,934 to 14 students to attend conferences, workshops and to earn certifications.

Cultivating Well-Being

During his four years on campus, Jarred Taylor ’20 helped spread and grow the message of well-being on campus. He was recognized for his efforts with Wellness and Recreation’s John F. Miller Award this spring.

Member Services

Wellness and Recreation supports the well-being of the entire Wolfpack community by offering memberships to employees, alumni and affiliates of NC State. Members enjoy full access to the Carmichael Complex and amenities.

In addition to a diverse range of programs and services, Wellness and Recreation generates significant membership revenue, offsetting student fees and supporting overall operational expenses.

Member Services

By the Numbers

  • 3,665 members as of June 2020.

Marketing and Communications

Wellness and Recreation uses a robust and integrated marketing and communications strategy to inform and educate the Wolfpack community about the benefits of holistic well-being.

Marketing and Communications

Social Media Outcomes

  • 5,819 Twitter followers with a 2.5% average engagement rate.
  • 6,363 Instagram followers with a 7.8% average engagement rate.
  • 4,316 Facebook followers with a 2.8% average engagement rate.


Photos courtesy of Wellness and Recreation