University Recreation & Wellbeing

Building a Movement

At Recreation & Wellbeing, we move Badgers to play hard, get fit, and live well. Our facilities, programs, and services are designed to remove barriers, build community, and support student wellbeing. From group fitness classes to intramural sports, personal training, massage therapy, and more, we offer a variety of opportunities for students to find their fit on campus.

In 2014, students passed a referendum approving our facilities master plan, allowing us to design and build two state-of-the-art buildings and two synthetic turf fields. With the Near West Fields and Nicholas Recreation Center officially open, our sights are now set on the new Natatorium and Near East Fields, both of which are expected to open in 2023.

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86% of students surveyed about RecWell agree that their involvement with it has helped them develop healthier habits

RecWell employs 500+ students every year

91% of students surveyed about RecWell agreed that services RecWell provides have improved their mental health

We root for every body

As students returned to campus for a fall semester unlike any other, we reopened two of our facilities: the Shell and Nielsen Tennis Stadium. We also opened the Nicholas Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art facility with five levels of fitness space, an Olympic-size pool, eight basketball courts, five multipurpose studios, and an indoor track. After three years of construction and much anticipation, we’re excited to see students enjoying this new facility and all it has to offer.

Although our facilities are open, operating at a limited capacity to comply with public health guidelines, we continue to offer a variety of virtual programs for students to take care of their wellbeing from home, including: live and on-demand group fitness classes, intramural esports, weekly meditations, athletic training telehealth appointments, and more.

We strive to make the healthy choice the easy choice and we believe in our role to support student wellbeing on campus – now more than ever.

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Real Students, Real Stories

“I think a facility like this will be essential to a lot of students that are looking to not only be fit, but just be well.”

“This space will really help students achieve the health that they need and desire, and being able to do that is a luxury that not many students can afford.”

“Group fitness classes always get my day off to a wonderful start. The instructors are motivating, accommodating, and friendly.”

“I met some of my best friends through club sports and now we continually work out at Rec Well together.”

“I really appreciate having a space where I can regularly go to move around, relax, and be well.”

“I think having physical activity for all students is essential, especially after the long six months of staying at home. Appreciation is an understatement. The Nick is awesome.”


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