The Sports and Recreation Center at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall as a center for on-campus fitness and wellness, intercollegiate athletics, club sports and intra- muros, as well as a variety of on-campus activities.
The building’s field, athletics arena, and pool have also hosted Indianapolis Colts training camps, NCAA Division III National Championships, and special community events such as the Indiana Special Olympics, FIRST Robotics Indiana and MATHCOUNTS regional and national competitions, as well as Dancing with the Terre Haute Stars, 100 Men Who Cook and Terre Haute Triathlon.
The Sports and Recreation Center (SRC) hosts more than 200 events and more than 100,000 people each year while being open nearly 325 days a year.
“The Sports and Recreation Center continues to serve as an energetic and vibrant space for our campus, community and area visitors,” Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons said in a press release. .
“It was built with the future in mind and carries on the legacy of Dr. Samuel Hulbert, our longtime former Chairman, who helped facilitate its development as part of our ‘Vision to be the Best’ campaign.
“In the past year alone, we’ve hosted dozens of visiting college teams, hundreds of students and families from across the state in a robotics competition, and brought in a popular comedian for our college community. .”
Rose recognized the 25th anniversary by adding signage near the building’s main entrance, with additional signage throughout the center. A special reception for alumni and others inside the Varsity R Club tent was held during the Engineers’ homecoming football game on October 9.
The Princeton Review recently ranked Rose-Hulman 9th nationally for being a college where “everyone plays intramural sports” and among the top 25 for best sports facilities, based on annual surveys of students.
During the 2021-22 school year, the Sports and Recreation Center hosted 775 intramural games involving more than 1,000 participants from 371 student teams and individual competitors.
This would include quarter-time leagues and one-day tournaments. The institute offers intramural activities based on traditional sports as well as electronic sports.
There are also facilities for a variety of wellness and fitness events on campus, a rock climbing wall, weight and cardio equipment rooms, a racquetball court, batting cages baseball and softball and swimming lessons for young people.
New this year is an indoor golf practice area.
The largest annual non-athletic/intramural activities on campus include the Beginning, New Student Welcome Fest, three career fairs, the Rose Show, Bikes For Tykes Bike Assembly Day, and concerts.
And, of course, the SRC hosts men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic events, has locker rooms for varsity teams competing at the Phil Brown Football Field in adjacent Cook Stadium, and the William Welch Athletics Complex, Tennis Center. Joy Hulbert and at the soccer field. There are also the Athletic Department offices and sports training facilities.
“The Sports and Recreation Center has served the campus and community well over the past 25 years and we look forward to even more exciting times,” said Seth Woodason, Facilities Manager, Recreational Sports and Athletics. .
— This article was submitted to the Tribune-Star by the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.