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The University of Michigan is committed to transforming our students’ education by extending academic excellence from the classroom into real-world experiences that develop a global purview and a creative, entrepreneurial mindset.

The Potential

The University of Michigan is committed to the total well-being of our students. Recreational Sports supports this mission through campus facilities and comprehensive programs that promote health, fitness, recreation, and wellness.

Our goal for Recreational Sports includes the complete renovation and renewal of our aging facilities. This ambitious project is already underway at Mitchell Field and the Intramural Sports Building, and will continue in the coming years with the North Campus Recreation Building (NCRB) and the Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB) as well Palmer Field, Elbel Field, the Sports Coliseum, and the Challenge Program.

This vision also includes the proper outfitting of these facilities with equipment that is updated, safe, and best-in-class. This need is ongoing to ensure that equipment is replaced as it reaches the end of its projected usability.

These projects, and others, will help meet the expectations our students have for the University of Michigan, and will have a direct, positive impact on their overall health and wellness. With the increased emphasis on students’ well-being, these projects are critical to the long-term success of the University.

The Impact

Through Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Group-X classes, Outdoor Adventures, the Challenge Program, and our many facilities, Recreational Sports impacts nearly every student at the University. 32,000 students use our facilities annually, while 10,500 participate in the intramural program and 1,600 are competitive athletes on our club sports teams. Additionally, nearly 1,800 University faculty and staff members purchase user-passes each year.

The Opportunities

Room Namings $50,000 - $2M
Building Namings $15-$25M

National studies increasingly show that participation in recreational sports programs and activities are key elements in the recruitment, retention, and satisfaction of students.  The University of Michigan wants to ensure that our students have the best campus experience possible, both inside and outside the academic classroom.  An important part of these efforts will be the renovation, renewal, and expansion of our campus recreation facilities.  Naming opportunities are available in the Intramural Sports Building, the North Campus Recreation Building, and the Central Campus Recreation Building.  In addition to the current renovation work, naming gifts will also provide endowment support for future maintenance and upkeep, as well as programmatic support for the Department of Recreational Sports.

General Recreation Equipment $100,000 annually/$2M endowed
Fitness/Cardio Equipment $1M annually/$20M endowed

Along with the enhancement of the recreation facilities, the University needs to provide the best and safest equipment for use by our students.  Currently, much of the equipment is used well beyond the expected life-span.  In order to provide a recreational experience at the same level as our peers, and that is expected by our students, an annual replacement plan for equipment - ranging from balls, jerseys, and first aid, to treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes - must be established.

CLUB SPORTS TRAVEL AND GENERAL SUPPORT​ Program $500,000 annually/$10M endowed

Over 1,600 student athletes compete annually on our 30 club sports teams, ten of which have won a combined 21 championships in their sports. Many of the costs for participation – team travel, external facilities rental, uniforms, tournament fees, etc. – are paid out-of-pocket by the student athletes. These costs create barriers to participation for many students on our campus. Donors may choose to support an initiative (such as uniforms) for all club teams, or direct their support to a specific sport. Costs and needs vary by team.

Club Sports Directory

$100K annually/$2M endowed

Each year approximately 215 students work as officials in the intramural sports program.  While working to support themselves financially, many of these students become top officials and are honored by being selected to officiate at national intramural tournaments and championships.  In order to do so, these students must be certified and travel to the competition site, both at their own expense.  The University seeks to support these student officials by reducing or eliminating these out-of-pocket costs.

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Student Life is committed to student learning and the development of the whole student. We facilitate transformation and enrich education through new opportunities for learning and development; fostering an environment for the success of all community members; developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and others on an inclusive campus; enabling students to practice positive physical, emotional, social, intellectual, mental, and spiritual health; preparing students to succeed during and after their university experience; resolving complex issues through advocacy, services, and compliance; and providing programs and facilities for the physical, social, psychological, academic, and recreational needs of the campus community. 

To do all this, and much more, Student Life needs your support—every gift matters.

Your Contribution

Your gifts of cash, pledges, or appreciated securities will enhance the experience of all University of Michigan students. Wills, estate, and planned gifts allow you to create a lasting legacy that will allow our students to grow and thrive for generations to come. Thank you for giving to the University of Michigan.

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Planned Gifts

Legacy gifts from generous alumni and friends provide the future support needed to achieve the University’s long-term commitment to excellence. A bequest is the easiest and most tangible way to accomplish this. If you have already included Student Life in your estate plans, but have not previously notified us, please let us know. We would like to properly thank you for your support, ensure your wishes are met, and plan with you for the future.

To learn more about these opportunities to support Student Life, please contact Student Life Development at 734-647-7309 or email