Recreation & Wellness for Everybody

Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation & Wellness

Providing quality opportunities for students to enhance their wellbeing and create a sense of community is our vision and goal at Recreation & Wellness. Therefore, we believe it is imperative that every student feel welcomed and supported through our programs & services. We appreciate the individuality of our students and welcome all identities. With inclusion at the forefront, we will be highlighting the many ways in which students can participate in sports, fitness, wellness, and outdoor adventures through Recreation & Wellness. No matter who you are, there is a place for you at Recreation & Wellness.

Fitness for everybody
Wellness for everybody
Sports for everybody
Outdoors for everybody

Programs and services offered by Recreation & Wellness are created to accommodate various levels of ability and skill, and as a department, Recreation & Wellness works with many campus partners to uphold university efforts in inclusion. 

  • Group Exercise meets participants where they are at! We offer classes at both the Allendale and downtown campus locations. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. 
  • We offer many free classes for students including  L.I.F.Tand Women on Weights.  L.I.F.T., or LGBTQIA Inclusive Fitness Training, is a supportive and safe environment for individuals who identify in the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to perform strength-based workouts. Women on Weights is a group exercise class currently offered on Mondays and Wednesdays for female-identifying participants to engage in a strength training by lifting weights. 
  • To access ALL group exercise classes, including small group training it is only $10 per month for students.
  • We also have  UFit, which is a FREE program for students! It allows you to meet with a Fitness Specialist to design a custom fitness program just for you using the equipment/space you have access to. 
  • Personal Training  is available in-person or virtually. It is a customized exercise program tailored to meet your needs while using equipment you have access to. For details on sessions and costs visit the fitness services page.

All of Wellness services are free and available to all students!

  • We offer free safer sex supplies and STI testing on campus. 
  • From navigating campus resources, to assisting with your wellness goals,  Wellness Navigators and Wellness Coaching are here to help!
  • Also, feel free to chat with WIT peer educators on campus or online to ask questions about wellness. 
  • By using the 8 dimensions of wellness, we are here to support you on your journey to health and well-being. Our customizable programming around sexual health, nutrition, rest, sleep, stress, and general wellness is available to support GVSU students in feeling healthier and happier. 
  • Club Sports offers 38 organizations to join and find your community. 
  • Esports welcomes all students to play their favorite video games at the Laker Esports Center (LEC) for FREE. There are 23 stations available fully equipped and available to use at daily drop-in hours . Beginners are welcome and our staff is always available to provide assistance if needed. 
  • Intramural Sports  (IMs) have open leagues (non-gendered leagues), meaning there are no restrictions for gender requirements on teams. No experience is necessary to join a league and all are welcome. All necessary equipment and materials are provided. We also have adaptive intramural sports offerings, which are free for the community to participate.
  • Climbing center is free for students during open hours along with belay lessons, which are available upon request. No experience is necessary. 
  • Equipment rental including backpacking/camping gear is available at the Ravines Center . Equipment rental rates are modestly priced, especially when compared to that of competitors.
  • The Ravines Center also houses self-service bike maintenance with an assortment of tools for making the most minor repairs.
  • Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of opportunities for you to get outside and meet new friends through special events  where beginners are welcome. 

If You Can Play, You Can Play

If you can play, you can play

RecWell Inclusion Statement

Recreation & Wellness is committed and welcoming to a culture of inclusion, in which we provide recreational programs and services that are accessible and equitable to the community. We strive to share a diverse array of ideas, opportunities, and experiences for all students. Recreation & Wellness follows the university policy on discrimination and harassment, which protects from discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight.

In addition, we advocate for the inclusion of all individuals, including the right to access facilities, such restrooms and locker rooms, and programming on the basis of asserted gender expression.


Affirmative Action Statement

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university.

Transgender Policies

Recreation & Wellness follows the NIRSA Transgender Policy. GVSU Athletics follows the NCAA Transgender Policy.

In both athletics and recreation, we promote inclusion and equity. GVSU Recreation & Wellness supports the If You Can Play, You Can Play Campaign to promote equality in recreation in sports, no matter the gender identity. 

Questions & Concerns

If you have questions about inclusive-related policies, please contact the Recreation & Wellness office by email at [email protected] or by phone at (616) 331-1732. You may also submit a bias incident report.

For more information on university-wide efforts for inclusion and equity, check out the Division of Inclusion and Equity



Page last modified October 10, 2023