Office of Recreation Office of Recreation

The Washington University Office of Recreation, or WashU Rec for short, is a unit within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs.

WashU Rec is responsible for recreational facilities and programming on the Danforth Campus and is dedicated to providing students, faculty and staff a first-rate health, wellness and recreation experience.

Along with administering the facility and membership operations at the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center and the South 40 Fitness Center, WashU Rec develops intramural sports programs, advises sport clubs, and provides a wide variety of fitness programs and services (BearFit).



Inspiring Participation.
Igniting Lifetime Wellness.
Impacting Lives.


To provide the nation’s foremost experience combining excellence in academics, athletics and recreation.


Inclusion – we actively include members of diverse social and cultural groups and we are intentional about upholding the dignity of all people so everyone can thrive and reach their full potential.  We strive to create a safe, welcoming recreation and athletic community that allows every member of our campus family to enjoy a positive, respectful, and inspiring experience with our programs and facilities.  We acknowledge that great benefit comes to all from embracing difference and building community through participation.    

Passion – we are wholeheartedly invested, sincere, and fervent as members of the Bear community.

Leadership – we have a commitment to inspire, engage, value, and energize one another to grow and thrive through our shared experiences.  We role model behavior that others want to emulate.  Through leadership, we enhance the experience of the individual, the program, and the university. 

Competition – we have an intense desire to be our best every day and we work to achieve this through our consistent pursuit of self-improvement.

Wellness – we model and inspire lifestyles that promote health and a multi-dimensional approach to lifelong wellness.

Integrity – our decisions and actions are guided by honesty, and our collective principles, in a consistent manner.

Respect – we have respect for ourselves and others; we share a feeling of deep appreciation for others because of their unique qualities, achievements, actions, and abilities.