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About CRI


Purpose Statement

Our purpose is to inspire self-discovery through sport, fitness, wellness and adventure.


Mission Statement

The Department of Campus Recreation and Intramurals (CRI), an integral and active service of the diverse University community, supports and strengthens the mission of Georgia Southern University. Our purpose is to provide growth opportunities and educational experiences, which will enrich the life-long learning process.

Through our programs and facilities, which are recreational, educational and sporting in nature, we promote and develop healthy life-style choices. Benefits of participation include the application of leadership, decision-making, problem solving, conflict management, communication and social skills. We strive to provide the safest, cleanest, highest quality, most dependable and enjoyable services.

M.C. Anderson Recreational Park – 301 By-Pass and Bunny Akins Boulevard Recreation Activity Center (RAC):

  • Free Weight, Machine Weight, Cardio, Group Exercise, Mind/Body and Spinning rooms
  • Wellness Center including fitness assessment lab
  • Multiuse courts
  • 2 indoor soccer courts
  • Southern Adventures rental center
  • 3 Multipurpose Rooms for dance, martial arts and club practices
  • Natatorium, complete with 25 yd x 25 m lap pool, whirlpool, sauna and large locker room facilities

Outdoor venues:

  • Outside leisure pool and whirl pool
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Outdoor band shell
  • Multiplex & Club Sport Fields: multipurpose playing fields (softball, soccer, flag football)
  • Outdoor Pavilion: versatile open-air meeting or picnic area

CRI is divided into nine separate recreational programs:

Aquatics, Club Sports, Fitness, Golf, Informal Recreation, Intramural Sports, Shooting Sports Education Center, Southern Adventures and University Wellness


Aquatics is a program for those participants who enjoy swimming, diving, aqua aerobics or simply relaxing in the pool. The Aquatic program also offers a number of special programs such as swim lessons, stroke clinics, lifeguard classes and incentive programs.

Club Sports

Club Sports are unique student organizations in which the overall functions of the organization are student operated. Club Sports may be organized for instructional, recreational and/or competitive purposes, and offer a way of finding others who share similar recreational interests. Current organized clubs include Aikido, Archery, Baseball, Bass Fishing, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Southern Explosion (dance), Tae-Kwon-Do, Ultimate Frisbee, Swimming, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Wrestling, and Mixed Martial Arts.


The Fitness Program promotes health and wellness in many ways. Group Fitness classes including Yoga, Pilates, traditional aerobic and resistance classes. Personal Training and Fitness Assessment services are available to assist in evaluating fitness levels and providing guidance to reach or maintain fitness and wellness goals.


The Georgia Southern University Golf Course at University Park is a 18 hole championship golf course open to the public.  With water on 11 of the 18 holes, the course is as challenging as it is beautiful.  Clinics and lessons are offered throughout the year by our PGA certified professionals.  Addition amenities include a complete practice facility, clubhouse and pro shop. To learn more or schedule a tee time, visit or call 912-GSU-GOLF.

Informal Recreation

Informal Recreation allows participants to engage in a variety of unstructured recreation activities such as basketball, volleyball, racquetball, walking or jogging. CRI also offers items for check-out free of charge! Some of these items include: hand wraps, boxing gloves, racquetballs, racquets and basketballs.

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports provide students, faculty and staff the opportunity for competition and fun in a variety of team and individual sports activities. Divisions are available for men, women and co-rec teams in a variety of skill and competition levels. A variety of sports are offered including flag football, dodge ball, swimming, basketball, indoor/outdoor soccer, sports trivia, softball, golf, tennis and bowling

Shooting Sports Education Center

The Georgia Southern University Shooting Sports Education Center (SSEC) is a partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The 30,000 square foot facility is open to the public and equipped to serve a variety of shooting sports interests through the 16 lane, 25 meter firing range, 16 lane, 25 meter archery center, and two training / seminar rooms. The purpose of the facility is to provide a hub for the shooting sports in southeast Georgia. Through instructional programs, training classes, recreation, competition, and special events we expect to serve a variety of individuals from youth, adults, students, law enforcement, hunters, 1st time shooters, elite athletes, all groups interested in participating and learning more about the shooting sports. The SSEC is located in a school safety zone. Therefore, all users must first become an Approved User to utilize the facility unless they are participating in a training program or competition.

Southern Adventures

Southern Adventures is the university community’s resource for adventure programming. Southern Adventures provides guided backpacking, sea kayaking, canoeing and cycling trips that range from weekend trips around the southeast to week-long across the country. The equipment rental center provides all the gear needed for individual adventures as well. The challenge course is designed to provide exciting, experiential opportunities that focus on leadership, communication, self/group awareness and inter-personal skills. The climbing wall, located in the RAC, allows participants to experience the thrill of rock climbing indoors. In addition, a bouldering cave is available to build climbing strength as well as perfect technique.  Instructional clinics are offered throughout the year to learn kayaking, belaying, navigating and other hard skills for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program is focused upon enhancing staff, faculty and student wellness. It is a combination of existing, new and collaborative programming that addresses the seven dimensions of wellness (emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, spiritual). Numerous wellness opportunities are offered, with Wellness Week, which includes the Live Well Fair and Seminar Series, being the major event.

Participation in CRI programs is completely voluntary. It is strongly recommended that all participants consult a physician and/or have a physical exam prior to participation. Participants are also urged to secure adequate personal medical coverage.

Last updated: 3/23/2022