Letter from the Director
Community is an important part of our daily lives. We strive to build community in our own lives with our family, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, and many others. Building that community not only helps us grow collectively, it makes us feel good to be a part of something that is bigger than just us as individuals. Much of our work in Student Life here at the University of Michigan is about building community – with students, with faculty and staff, with alumni, and with the Ann Arbor community itself. It is within that environment that we in Recreational Sports try to build community in our own way.
Through our programs, services, and facilities we try to make Recreational Sports a place to feel a part of a larger community. Our students and members are all trying to make themselves better by being physically active, learning healthy lifestyle choices, building leadership, connecting with others, competing in sport, and much more. Through participation in Recreational Sports, our students and members develop their own sense of community and connections with the people in their activities. You know that feeling right after a challenging cycling class? You know the one – you’re worn out but you know that you and the others in the class are making yourselves healthier. The feeling after a game of pick-up basketball with 9 strangers, but you came together to play a competitive game. Or even that feeling at the campsite somewhere the UP on a camping trip where together you think there is just no place better than this. All those experiences and many more can be a part of building of community through Recreational Sports.
We also want to be a part of people connecting with the U of M community and becoming engaged with this place. I love when I hear from a student who says, “I saw my professor working out when I was” or “the staff member I work with was swimming in the lane right next me”. Those types of experiences allow students and faculty/staff to develop a relationship on another level.
Often times our campus thinks of Recreational Sports as a place to go build muscles or to play sports. However we are much more than that. We pride ourselves as being a place that something for everyone. We are a place where you can find yourself, and find your community. In our world today, you can argue that the one thing we might need the most is that sense of community. We need to grow that understanding of and respect for each other. We strive to be one of those places where the sense of community is both understood and developed.
Director of Recreational Sports
Who We Are
Promoting a healthy lifestyle through engagement, leadership and activity.
Our vision is to provide comprehensive and innovative programs and services that promote health, recreation, and wellness.
- Integrity | We believe in doing all of our work with the highest of standards and being accountable to our users, our partners and ourselves.
- Diversity & Inclusion | We will strive to provide wide-ranging options of programs, services and facilities that can meet the health and recreational needs of all of our user groups, while ensuring that everyone in our diverse community feels comfortable with any and all levels of participation.
- Quality Customer Service | We continue to work every day to provide an experience for students, staff and community that is friendly, welcoming and desirable.
- Fun & Professional Environment | We understand that in the business of recreation we will always combine high levels of expertise and professionalism with creating an environment for enjoyable participation.
- Leadership & Engagement | We value and embrace our role within a prominent academic institution and welcome the chance to create leadership opportunities for our students and connections with the campus community.
Enhancing people’s lives by striving to provide exceptional experiences.
Opportunities for Health, Recreation & Competition | We provide programs, facilities, and services for our constituents to become healthier, enjoy participation and strive for success.
Learning & Development | We use recreation as the medium for the personal growth of our students and users. Experience through participation or employment can enhance an individual’s leadership and development.
Safe Environments | We will work to provide environments that are friendly and where all people can feel physically and emotionally safe and welcome.
Enhancing the University Community | Our work will help us enrich the lives and improve the education of University of Michigan students. We also are committed to building on the tradition and history of Recreational Sports, Student Life and the University of Michigan.
Celebrating our History & Building our Future | We are proud to be a major part of the history of collegiate recreation programs and facilities.That pride drives us to continue to be leaders and best in improvingquality of life for the University community