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A Commitment to Health and Wellness

You don’t have to play Division I sports to be active at Duke. Duke Recreation & Physical Education offers a wide range of programs that encourage healthy lifestyles through education and recreation. Each year, more than 13,000 members of the Duke community—from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty, staff, and alumni—participate in one or more activities offered by Recreation & Physical Education. A division of Duke Athletics, our program provides funding, facilities, and staffing to support 36 Sport Clubs, 10 Intramural Sports, 6 Fitness and Wellness locations, 20 Physical Education classes, personal training, a variety of aquatic programs, and an inclusive Outdoor Adventures program. It is one of the most extensive university-based recreational programs offered anywhere, providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in competitive sports, as well as options for those who simply want to get some exercise, swim, rock climb, kayak, or meet other people with similar interests.

Read "Why I Gave to Duke" by Peter Ciporin, Class of 2019.

By the Numbers (2017-2018)

  • 1,200 students participated in 36 Sports Clubs, 15 of which compete nationally.
  • 2,000 students enrolled in Recreation, Wellness and Physical Education classes.
  • 3,000 participated in Outdoor Adventures activities.
  • 3,700 participated in Intramural Sports.
  • 25,000 visits between our two aquatics facilities (includes repeats).
  • 50,000 participations in Group Fitness classes (includes repeats).
  • 65,000 visits between our two recreation facilities (includes repeats).

Annual Support

The demand for new programs, equipment, and facilities drives the need for new sources of funding. The Recreation & Physical Education Department is maximizing facility use across West, East, and Central campuses. The need for additional space and programs continues to grow, particularly as students’ interests change each year. Gifts to Recreation & Physical Education support not only our day-to-day operations but also provide critical funding for facility expansions, fitness and aquatics programs, outdoor adventure trips, and new equipment for intramural and sport club teams. An annual gift to Recreation & Physical Education can help ensure our ability to offer diverse and quality recreation programs that promote health and wellness to the entire Duke community. Every gift, regardless of size, makes an immediate impact and helps inspire future donors.

For more information please contact:

Missy Daffron
Development & Sponsorship Officer
Phone: (919) 684-6624
Email: missy.daffron@duke.edu