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About RecSports

Mission, Vision, and Values

RecSports is the Department of Recreational Sports within the Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee. It serves students, faculty, and staff by providing a wide variety of programs and well-maintained facilities for almost any sport- or fitness-oriented person.

RecSports has a number of programs including Fitness, Aquatics, Intramurals, Outdoor Recreation, Sport Clubs, and allows for friendly competition, fitness training, and sport to all members of the university community.

The mission of RecSports is to provide and promote opportunities for wellness and healthy lifestyles through education and service to the UT community.

The vision of RecSports is to satisfy varying degrees of interest in cooperative and competitive activities and to design recreational activities that promote health and wellness, social and cultural interaction, professionalism, leadership and technological development. These elements are essential for enhancing and contributing to a positive self-image and the academic experience at UT.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will develop a lifelong appreciation for various recreation-, fitness-, and sport-related activities intended for a diverse population and conducive to maximizing holistic wellness.

  • Divisional Alignment—Healthy Living
  • CAS Alignment—Practical Competence

Students will learn how to recreate, exercise, and socialize without structured guidance or instruction.

  • Divisional Alignment—Healthy Living/ Self-Knowledge
  • CAS Alignment—Practical Competence/ Intrapersonal Development

Students will improve their ability to swim as well as feel confident in an aquatic-based environment.

  • Divisional Alignment—Healthy Living/Self-Knowledge
  • CAS Alignment—Practical Competence/Intrapersonal Development

Students will develop teamwork skills by cooperating within self-organized groups intended to compete with integrity and civility.

  • Divisional Alignment—Communication/Leadership/Intercultural Competence
  • CAS Alignment—Interpersonal Competence

Students will learn organizational skills that will provide leadership opportunities within a collegial environment while honorably representing a larger entity in a recreational arena.

  • Divisional Alignment—Communication/Leadership/Intercultural Competence
  • CAS Alignment—Interpersonal Competence

Students will expand their knowledge of various exercise techniques while improving their cardiovascular health and muscular strength and endurance.

  • Divisional Alignment—Healthy Living
  • CAS Alignment—Practical Competence

Students will develop technical skills related to a variety of outdoor-based recreational activities while being exposed to challenging elements present in the natural world.

  • Divisional Alignment—Self-Knowledge
  • CAS Alignment—Intrapersonal Development

Students will develop critical thinking skills while being exposed to extrinsic factors inherent to a professional environment.

  • Divisional Alignment—Practical Competence
  • CAS Alignment—Cognitive Complexity

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