Recreation and Intramurals

Students may participate in a wide range of fitness and recreation programs and intramural sports. Intramural and recreation programs range from highly competitive play to recreational enjoyment and learning.

Intramural Programs

A variety of intramural programs are offered that have proven to be most popular and successful with the student population. Any interest in developing a new intramural sport should be brought to the director of intramurals. Unless otherwise specified, all leagues are coed. All programs run on a season schedule that average 4–8 weeks in length with the exception of tournaments. For more information about intramural programs, please contact the Athletics department.

The following intramural programs have been offered during previous academic years:

Fall Term

  • Fall Soccer League
  • Flag Football League (7 vs. 7 and 4 vs. 4)
  • Handball League
  • Volleyball League

Winter Term

  • Basketball League
  • Floor Hockey League
  • Indoor Soccer (Futsal)
  • Volleyball League

Spring Term

  • Volleyball League
  • Team Handball League
  • Floor Hockey League
  • Backyard Games League
  • Flag Football League
  • Outdoor Spring Soccer League

Intramural Eligibility

  • All day-program, graduate or extension students may participate in intramurals. Faculty and staff may also participate.
  • Each team or “free agent” must register through our intramural registration website, IM Leagues. The Wildcat Athletic webpage will have the link to the site for captains and free agents to register.
  • Each team must submit an official roster through IM Leagues prior to the published deadline.
  • A team must send a representative to attend a mandatory captains’ meeting prior to the beginning of each season/tournament.


Fitness classes include spin, yoga, Zumba®, boot camp and cardio kick-boxing. Pilates and self-defense classes are offered throughout the year at the Wildcat Center. Classes are held in the mornings, at noontime and early evenings. For further information, contact the Harborside fitness center or the Downcity fitness center.

Recreation and Athletic Facilities

Fitness center use is free to all students, faculty and staff who possess a valid Johnson & Wales ID card. Fitness center use also requires the completion of certain form(s) available at the Wildcat Center and the Downcity fitness center. Hours for each center are posted at the entrance or online.

Downcity Fitness Center

Located on the lower level of Wales Hall on the Downcity Campus, this fitness center provides StairMasters, treadmills, stationary bikes, a Cybex circuit, power racks and free weights.

Harborside Fitness Center

Located on the second floor of the Wildcat Center, the Harborside fitness center is a state-of-the-art facility with more than 6,000-square-feet of fitness equipment. StairMasters, treadmills, stationary bikes, a Cybex circuit, power racks, free weights, a Gravitron machine, plyometric equipment and Body Trek machines are all offered at this facility.

Wildcat Center

Located on the Harborside Campus, the Wildcat Center services the entire university community. It offers 4 basketball courts, 3 volleyball courts, a 6,000-square-foot fitness center, a student life center and a bookstore. The center is home to the Wildcats intercollegiate sports teams, the Student Involvement & Leadership Harborside office, the Athletics department and Intramural and Recreational Activities.

Harborside Practice Facility

The practice facility is a multipurpose facility that is used by the varsity baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and rowing teams for practice.

Health and Wellness Programs

The fitness centers sponsor wellness programs where students take part in programs including weight management, nutritional analysis, blood-pressure screening, Stop Smoking Day, body-image workshops, wellness wheel, stress management and Substance Abuse Awareness Week. Individual, group and residential programs are available. The annual Wellness Fair covers all these topics and is open to the entire JWU community.

For more information about any of these programs, please consult the JWU Directory and contact the appropriate office or department.