The mission of Recreation and Wellness is to provide students with programs and facilities that offer vigorous, fun-filled, health-promoting, physical activity conducive to wellness and personal development. Recreational Sports and Wellness seeks to create a climate that motivates and promotes a healthy lifestyle and enhances the quality of student life.[Field]
The center of recreational activity is the Wellness and Athletic Center. The center is an approximately 90,000 square foot facility that houses: a recreational gymnasium equipped for basketball, volleyball, and many other court games; a competitive gymnasium for intercollegiate basketball and volleyball games; a fully equipped fitness center with free weight equipment, selected weight equipment and aerobic conditioning equipment; an indoor walking track; a climbing wall; a dance and movement studio; locker and changing facilities; and a sports medicine room. In addition, the center offers a natatorium and a 25 yard by 25 meter pool equipped for both recreational and competitive use.
Outdoor recreation space on the campus is abundant. The campus has soccer, baseball and softball fields; a synthetic turf lacrosse and field hockey field; an all-weather surface track; and five outdoor tennis courts.
The Informal Recreation program offers all students, faculty, staff, and their dependents opportunities in self-directed recreational pursuits, and is an ideal alternative for those interested in a non-structured program. The program offers many activities including, but not limited to, basketball, volleyball, tennis, racquetball, aerobics, weight training, jogging, and swimming. Campus wellness staff members can assist students, faculty and staff in setting up an informal recreation program, if desired.
The Intramural Sports program provides students, faculty, and staff of all abilities the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities where sportsmanship and competition are the focus. The program offers events during the academic year such as flag football, indoor soccer, sand volleyball, dodgeball, basketball, ping pong, softball and many other sports.
Outdoor Activities and Recreation (OAR)
Outdoor Activities and Recreation (OAR) is designed to provide introductory outdoor recreation experiences for members of the Hendrix Community. Arkansas has an amazing wealth of recreational destinations. It is the OAR program’s objective to provide students the opportunity to experience these places and programs. Enjoyment and learning opportunities are stressed as the participants engage in these new recreational endeavors. Organized outings such as canoeing, hiking, and rock climbing are scheduled throughout the year for a nominal fee. Students, faculty and staff also have access to an inventory of outdoor equipment that is available for check-out on a first-come first-served basis at no charge. This equipment includes canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, tents, sleeping bags, and rock climbing gear.
Each student is encouraged to develop an appropriate program of recreation and leisure-time activities. The Wellness Program offers activity courses through which students may, be awarded a course credit. Students who wish to explore this option should consult with the chair of the Director of the Wellness Program.