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 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.
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.
FACILITIES NAMING OPPORTUNITIES – IMSB, NCRB, CCRB
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.
EQUIPMENT RENEWAL AND REPLACEMENT
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
STUDENT OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION AND TRAVEL
$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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