Recreation & Wellness for Everybody

Adaptive and Inclusive Commitments

Providing impactful experiences that empower and support students to pursue their overall well-being is our goal at Recreation & Wellness. We value community and inclusion and are committed to creating experiences that are accessible, adaptive and welcoming for everyone. Every person should feel welcomed and supported through our programs & services. No matter who you are, there is a place for you at Recreation & Wellness.

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

Check out our experiences that accommodate various levels of ability and skill. We work with campus partners to uphold the university commitment to inclusion.

If you have questions or need assistance or an accommodation, please call us at 616-331-1732 or email at [email protected] at least 2 days in advance so arrangements can be made in a timely manner. 

  • Group Exercise meets participants where they are at! Beginners are welcome and encouraged. 
  • L.I.F.T, or LGBTQIA Inclusive Fitness Training, is a safe environment for individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies to perform strength-based workouts. 
  • Women on Weights is a group exercise class for female-identifying participants to engage in a strength training by lifting weights. 
  • We also have  UFit, a FREE program for students! It allows you to meet with a Fitness Specialist to design a custom fitness program just for you.
  • Personal Training  is available in-person or virtually. It is a customized exercise program tailored to meet your needs.
  • Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of opportunities for you to get outside and meet new friends.
  • The Climbing Center is free for students during open hours along with belay lessons, which are available upon request. No experience is necessary. 
  • Need some gear? Equipment rental including backpacking/camping gear is available. Equipment rental rates are modestly priced to fit student budgets.
  • The outdoor program also has bicycle maintenance appointments and self-service.
  • Club sports  are student led organizations based on sport to help find your community. 
  • Esports welcomes all students to play their favorite games at the Laker Esports Center (LEC) for FREE. There are 23 stations available during daily drop-in hours . Beginners are welcome and our staff is available to provide assistance.
  • Intramural sports  (IMs) offer a variety of open (non-gendered) leagues, meaning there are no gender requirements for teams. No experience is necessary to join a league. All necessary equipment and materials are provided.
  • We also have adaptive intramural sports offerings, which are free and a lot of fun!

All 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. 

If You Can Play, You Can Play

If you can play, you can play

Gender Affirming Policies

Recreation & Wellness follows the NIRSA Transgender Policy. 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. 

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.

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, programs, and facilities

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

Page last modified May 2, 2024