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Benefits of Expanding College Athletic Facilities

HOW COLLEGE RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTERS •are - IMPROVING STUDENT LIFE TOP U.S. RECREATION CENTERS 1865 AUBURN UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF MAINE Aquatic Center: Marble-tiled pool, Trainers: Nutritionists, personal trainers, on-staff registered dietitians 20-student sauna, full strength training facility Aquatic Center: Indoor and outdoor pool includes a climbing wall Outdoor: Rental equipment for Indoor: One-third mile corkscrew nearby forest exploration suspended track, eight basketball courts, Indoor: Full-sized ice hockey rink, badminton court, indoor soccer court, basketball and racquetball courts, volleyball court cardio workout space, weight lifting area UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Indoor: 500,000-square-foot rec center O Indoor: 500,000-square-foot rec center Outdoor: 40-acre space with two cages, Olympic-size pool with spa facilities (slide and bubble bench) Eight-building rec campus centered on two gyms (archery studio, dance and separate sauna studio, basketball, badminton, handball Other Offerings: Indoor gym, squash and racquetball courts) and racquetball courts, boulder wall, 150 cardio machines, 100+ strength equipment machines CHANGING to MEET STUDENT NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS CONCEPT SHIFT SHIFTING STUDENT PRIORITIES REAL-TIME TRACKING From oversized gym to Student expectations: more 75% of students use on-campus 24/7 approach, including rec rec centers or programs at some point during every year communal health and wellness center center services ..... WEIGHT AND FITNESS: STUDENT POPULATION: 2013 UCLA Increased equipment size, Increasing demand for fitness classes and female sport teams, Over 43,500 people visited specialized training zones for resistance fitness, plyometrics, the rec center > 5,000 more than student population (UCLA offers employee memberships) reduced need for intramural winter sports, medicine ball workouts, aquatic centers sport teams North Carolina State University > Visitor traffic tracked thru THEMED GROUP CLASSES: app GymFlow (helps students avoid rec center rush hour) tripled its weekly fitness classes Offered to increase new student to 150 to accommodate attendance and provide more uniform student appeal increasing demand OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY: Downtown Abbey yoga, Harry Potter cycling BENEFITS to STUDENTS WELLNESS APPROACH ENCOURAGES OVERALL STUDENT BODY IMPROVEMENT CONVENIENCE, TIME & MONEY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SOCIAL HEALTH • Meeting with both • Students fees already Improved Facilities = Focus on disease peers and professors pay for the facility Increased Usage prevention rather in a different non-classroom Example: than illness environment helps build • Greater variety of offerings Auburn University management relationships than at an off-campus Rec Center Example: fitness gym • Old vs New: 900 Purdue Student • Increasingly popular Study students/day visited old facility, 3,500-5,000/day visit new facility Club Sports (rather than Apps Save Time • Length: 16 weeks Intramural) expand social • Comparison of 110 • UCLA links with an app bonds inside and outside students enrolled in a (GymFlow) to track ebb Colorado State University group exercise class (yoga/kickboxing) versus 100 students with 0 visits to rec the university andflow of busy rec times, $35+ million renovation to avoid long lines including leisure pool • Mobile App REC IT can Effect: 2011-2013 showed center be used on 875 campuses 77% increase in aquatic • The 100 engaging in group exercise showed significantly for student planning: review center schedules, register for group classes/rec center activities lower stress levels and higher social confidence IMPROVED FACILITIES LEAD TO BETTER GRADES 2010-2013 Purdue Example RECREATION CENTER RENOVATIONS MORE STUDENTS 50-year-old rec center renovated with STARTED USING GOT BETTER $98 million facelift THE REC CENTER GRADES turned into 470,000-square-foot facility 2013: PURDUE STUDENTS SHOWED SAME LINK BETWEEN GYM TIME AND GPA STUDENT VISITS GPA AVERAGE FRESHMAN VISITS GPA AVERAGE Av 64+ times/semester 15+ times / first semester 3.2 3.07 3.08 2.81 O times/semester O times / first semester GREATER STUDENT RETENTION AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE 2014 Example: Michigan State University's students with memberships at sport and fitness centers AVERAGED HIGHER GRADES STUDENT WITH FITNESS MORE STUDENTS BECAME AND LONGER ATTENDANCE MEMBERSHIPS AT UNIVERSITY SOPHOMORES THAN DURING FIRST TWO YEARS AVERAGED HIGHER GPA NON-GYM STUDENTS A+ .13% 14% GE OHIO 180 4 UNIVERSITY SOURCES

Benefits of Expanding College Athletic Facilities

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The role of fitness in student life is being studied more closely and the findings are trickling in. Schools are answering the demand for better recreation centers with impressive results. Their inves...


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