Staying active outside of the classroom is important to your college experience. RecSports seeks to enhance the overall Notre Dame experience and provide recreational and educational opportunities for transformative lifestyles. Whether it be participating in an Intramural Sports league, taking a Yoga class, or scaling the climbing wall in the Duncan Student Center, you won’t want to miss the opportunities coming your way with RecSports. Check out our list of top things to look forward to!
Playing on an Intramural Sports team with your hallmates
One of the most unique aspects of Notre Dame is its residential community. With that comes the opportunity to play sports while representing your residential hall. Each hall competes annually for either the Kelly Cup (women’s halls) or the O’Leary Cup (men’s halls). Some teams might even get the opportunity to play in Notre Dame Stadium for football championships, which for many students can be the pinnacle of their college experience outside of the classroom. Click here for more info on Intramural Sports.
Joining a Club Sports team
For those of you that are an athlete in high school, you might be curious how you can continue to compete during your time at Notre Dame. Unlike Intramural Sports which enables students to compete and play against other students on campus, Club Sports provides the opportunity for you to travel and compete against other universities across the country. The social aspect of joining any of our 40+ club sports allows you to meet new people on campus, forge strong friendships, and become an active member in the Notre Dame community. Click here for more info on how to join a Club Sports team.
Working with RecSports (and getting paid to do so!)
RecSports employs over 250 student employees who help us provide recreational opportunities for the Notre Dame community. Whether you’re interested in serving as a lifeguard on the pool deck, or greeting students at the Front Desk of our facilities, RecSports provides a wide variety of job opportunities for incoming students. Some of your best memories and friends await you at RecSports. Click here for more info and to apply to work with RecSports.
Taking a fitness class
Destressing outside of the classroom and staying well will most certainly be a key to success in college! Yoga, Pump It Up, Kickboxing, WERQ and Indoor Cycling are a few of our class favorites but we’ll leave it up to you to choose your’s. The first week on campus, you’ll be able to try each and every one of our Group Fitness Classes for free! Click here for more info on our Group Fitness Classes.
Scaling the climbing wall
When the Duncan Student Center opened in January of 2017, one of the most notable features became our 37 1/2 ft. Climbing Wall that spans three floors above the Haggerty Cafe. If climbing high isn’t your thing, we’ve also got a Bouldering Wall to climb too! Click here for more info on the Climbing & Bouldering Wall.
Swimming laps in the Rockne Memorial Pool
Rockne Memorial might be known for its bronze bust of Knute Rockne (Game Day tradition includes a pilgrimage to Knute’s statue before kickoff to rub his nose for good luck), but Rockne Memorial boasts more than Knute Rockne himself. The 25 yard, 6 lane pool inside Rockne Memorial allows you to take to the water for lap swimming to ensure you get your day’s activity in. Click here for more info on Rockne Memorial.
Accessing one of our many facilities utilizing your Irish1Card
When you receive your Irish1Card this fall, you’ll also receive access to one of our many facilities! Each of our facilities offers a different experience for our participants, but they all offer one thing - the opportunity to stay active doing what you love! From cardio and weight equipment, to basketball courts, and a beach, we’ve got a little something for each and every one of you. Click here for more info on RecSports facilities.
Running with your new friends in the Domer Run
Lace up your running shoes and start preparing for our annual Domer Run! Held each fall, the Domer Run (you can choose from a 5K or 10K) is a highlight for over 375+ Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff who follow the race routes through the most scenic parts of campus. Proceeds benefit the Gyna Girls of the RiverBend Cancer Services. Click here for more info on this year’s Domer Run.
Learning a new skill
College is all about learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Our Instructional Series provide you the opportunity to learn and develop a new skill. From tai chi to tennis, these classes ensure you get the opportunity to try something totally new to you. Click here for more info on our Instructional Series. Want to learn something new about our equipment? We’ve got that too! From learning how to bench press to proper setup in the squat rack, we’ve got a diverse group of free workshops for you! Click here for more info on our Workshops.
Training with your own personal trainer
A personal trainer can help you improve your confidence in physical activity and exercise participation by designing a fitness program unique to your needs and goals. Whether you want to train one-on-one or in a small group, we have a variety of options to ensure you get the attention you need. Click here for more info on personal training.