Campus Recreation

Rec Events

Rec Events are held at various times throughout the semester. Most events are free, though some may require a minimal fee. Check out the upcoming Rec Events to find out if registration is required and the registration deadlines. Some events offer opportunities to win prizes! Register in the Campus Recreation Office, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM, or call (309) 298-1228 for more details. Costs are payable at the time of registration by cash or check unless otherwise noted.

SPRING 2016 Schedule
Event Date & Time Cost Location Registration Deadline Description
Rocky After Dark: Glow Games Friday, Jan. 22,
FREE Student Recreation Center Registration due by Wednesday, Jan. 20 Glow-in-the-dark activities such as mini golf, basketball, and other activities
7th Annual Go Red Luncheon Friday, Feb. 5,

$7 student

$10 nonstudent

Activities Room, Multicultural Center Registration due by Wednesday, Jan. 27  

Midnight Mardi Gras

Friday, Feb. 5,
FREE Student Recreation Center No pre-registration
Equipment provided
Roller skating, mask making, balloon drop, and more
Dance Marathon

Saturday, Feb. 13,

Donations Grand Ballroom, University Union Registration due TBA Join us for the 3rd annual Dance Marathon. Become a Miracle Maker today (details below)!
NIRSA Day: Katie Thomas Lecture

Feb. 22,

FREE Colgate Room, Student Recreation Center None Katie, Recreational Sports Specialist, works at Quincy Salvation Army Kroc Center, will be guest speaker; helped implement Big Pink Volleyball at WIU; and implemented Kroc Center Ultimate Team Challenge
3rd Annual Nearly Naked Mile Saturday,
Feb. 27,

$10 prior to race

$20 day of race

MAC Gym in Spencer Student Recreation Center Registration due by Thursday, October 22 to the Campus Recreation Office Untimed mile race/walk. All proceeds go to McDonough County YMCA for children's scholarships
Goalball Wednesday, Mar. 30,
FREE Horrabin Hall Registration due by Monday, Mar. 28

Gather a team of 3-6 players; experience a sport designed for the visually impaired

Moms' Day: Big Pink Volleyball

Saturday, Apr. 2,

FREE Spencer Student Recreation Center N/A Bring your friends and mom to play Big Pink Volleyball
Bocce Ball Tournament Thursday, Apr. 7,
FREE Spencer Student Recreation Center, East Terrace Registration due by Tuesday, Apr. 5 Singles or doubles; play a game of strategy, skill, and accuracy; see who can get closest to the Jack.
Jackie Robinson Wiffleball Tournament Friday, Apr. 15,
FREE Student Recreation Center, MAC Gym Register by Wednesday, Apr. 13 Celebrate this monumental day in a Wiffleball tournament
Earth Day: Hungry, Hungry Hippos Friday, Apr. 22,
FREE Student Recreation Center N/A Fun life-size version of Hungry, Hungry Hippos
Outdoor World Cup Soccer

Friday, Apr. 22,

Saturday, Apr. 23,

$5/player Vince Grady Field Register by Wednesday, Apr. 20 Pick a country to represent and go head-to-head with other countries

Rec Events for Charities

Big Pink Volleyball
  • Each year, graduate assistants, student employees, and staff members from Campus Recreation work with other groups on campus to co-sponsor philanthropic events to benefit specific charity organizations.
  • Western Illinois University is home to the ORIGINAL Big Pink Volleyball! We work with Thompson Hall to hold the biggest and the best Big Pink Volleyball Tournament in the state to educate Western students about breast cancer and send donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and the McDonough District Hospital Mammogram Assistance Program. This year's program raised $8,342.88 to be split between the two charities.  Overall the program has raised $111,963.74.
  • The eXtreme Dodgeball for Diabetes tournament is held in conjunction with National Residence Hall Honorary, and all proceeds are given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2014 we raised $533.50.  All students are encouraged to participate. $533 was raised fall 2015 for the Illinois Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
  • The International World Cup Soccer Tournament held in the fall and spring in conjunction with the Center for International Studies raises funds annual for various charities around the world.  This year we raised $295 for Kimbra, one of the largest slums in Africa.
  • Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement that raises money for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Our Dance Marathon raises money for St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Fundraising begins at the start of the school year and culminates with one final event, where participants dance for 12 hours, the same amount of time that the doctors spend on their feet. During the event, Miracle Families come and tell their stories to motivate dancers to keep going. The goal for this year's event is $70,000. The 2014 event raised $22,000 and the 2015 event raised $53,000. Become a Miracle Maker today!

For additional information on any of our Rec Events, stop by the Campus Recreation Office in the Spencer Student Recreation Center, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM, or call (309) 298-1228.