The Recreational Programs Department operates under the premise that, in order to
excel academically, students need to have opportunities outside the classroom where
they can meet other students, socialize, develop leadership skills, and have the opportunity
for fun competition at the non-intercollegiate sport level. Intramural Sports is the
co-curricular program that complements the formal academic curriculum. We offer opportunities
to currently enrolled McKendree students, faculty, staff and their spouses/partners
in a number of competitive and structured activities each year. Participants have
fun, learn new sports, meet people from other cultures, test their physical ability,
and take a break from the everyday academic routine. Team sports generally take on
a league structure with a post-season tournament to determine champions.
Recreational Programs is a department of the Office of Student Affairs. Most activities are conducted at the Intramural (IM) Gym located on the north end of the Melvin Price Convocation Center (MPCC). Students are welcome to participate in intramural activities, take the initiative and organize an event or league on their own, or simply borrow some of the equipment we have if you prefer to play some kickball, wiffleball, or volleyball somewhere else on campus.
The Intramural Gym is available to the general student population when it is not in use for academic classes, athletic practices, or special activities and events. Usually, that equates to after 6:00pm on weekdays, but there are many times during the day when half of the gym will be available for student use. Students can check gym availability by looking at the two-week calendar posted at the stairs of the IM Gym, by calling 537-6420/6941, or by looking at the calendar available through your computer. Go to the McKendree internet home page and click on "My McK" on the top right. Under "Quick Links" on the right side of the page, click on "Calendars." Scroll down on the left side of the screen to "Athletic Fields Calendars" and click on a heading such as "Intramural Gym." You will be brought to a cluttered and virtually useless monthly display. Look to the top of the screen and under "Calendar Tools" click on "Calendar." Then, slide your cursor to the left and click on the "Week" tab. You can now view the Intramural Gym calendar for the current week. You can move forward or backward a week at a time by clicking on the arrows on the top left side of the calendar. The IM Gym is open until 11:00pm Sunday-Thursday. On Friday, we close at 8:00pm. On Saturday, the hours are 4:00pm-8:00pm and on Sunday, we open at 4:00pm and go until 11:00pm.
If Federal Work Study is included in your financial aid package, you may apply for student employment at a variety of locations across campus to include Student Recreation at the Intramural Gym or at our Fitness Center. Stop by either location to apply.
Race Day at McKendree - McKendree University currently hosts two major running events each year. The "Ramble into Spring" 5K/10K/10-Mile Run is in March and the "Harvest Challenge" 5K and half marathon is in September. You can be part of the fun by (1) participating in the event, (2) volunteering to help with the event, or (3) serving in a leadership role as a member of our Race Day staff.