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About the Alumni Program

Promoting Wellness Through a Lifetime of Sports and Recreation

Welcome to the RecWell Alumni page. If you participated in any of our programs or worked for the department as a student, we are proud to call you one of our own. Furthermore, we hope to re-connect you with your alma mater through our energy packed alumni events, trips and campus gatherings.

Our aim is to provide students with programs and resources that collectively support the six dimensions of wellness (physical, spiritual, occupational, emotional, social, and intellectual) as defined by the National Wellness Institute. The realized outcomes of these programs dramatically improve the overall well-being of the University community and collectively they fuel the academic success of the institution. Now, more than ever, we understand the benefits provided by RecWell programs and the healthy lifestyle behaviors they knowingly instill in our alumni throughout their life.

Research at the University of Minnesota and other national research confirm that students who are involved in out-of- classroom experiences in their college careers, particularly those involved in Recreation and Wellness programs:

  • have higher grade point averages
  • have higher graduation and retention rates
  • are more socially integrated into the campus community
  • feel better about their overall collegiate experiences than those students who are not involved in recreational sports

It is our goal to not only provide these experiences to our University community, but to further encourage students (our future alumni) to maintain healthy lifestyles through a lifetime of sports and recreational activities. For this reason, Wellness is truly the core of all RecWell programs and services.

And how are today’s U of M students spending their time away from studies and work?

Our average participation confirms some very healthy numbers:

  • 9,500 + participated in intramural and court sports
  • 3,400 + participated in sports club programs
  • 30,000 + participated in fitness programs and classes
  • 13,000 + participated in use of the climbing and bouldering wall
  • 4,000 + aquatic center participants

All of these participation numbers among many others support a happier healthier campus. You as our alumni are the best ambassadors for the long term success of our programs, as you continue to maintain healthy lifestyle habits and choices throughout your personal and professional life.

We encourage you to support RecWell with a gift of your time, your talents, or your contribution. We enjoy hearing what our alums are doing and invite you to share your stories and updates by email at the link provided below. Please visit us often online, or if you are in the Twin Cities, stop by Development Office in the brand new Recreation and Wellness Center and see how we have grown. For more information email:

RecWell Excellence Fund

Making a Gift to Recreation & Wellness

Thank you for considering a gift to University Recreation and Wellness. The financial commitment University students make to the RecWell through student fees have historically made our programs an operational success. However, it is the much needed private philanthropy from our alumni and friends that will inevitably make our programs better, all while easing the expense on students.

Investing in Our Future
A gift to the RecWell is an investment in the overall wellness of students and it additionally supports positive outcomes in the classroom and in college life respectively.

Give to the Excellence Fund

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Remembering Bob McNamara

Article By: Kenny Devine Last April, I had the opportunity to meet Bob McNamara. His name was familiar due to the large McNamara Center and rumblings of his athletic greatness, however I did not fully comprehend his stature. I met him at his annual Legends Luncheon that featured many noteworthy Minnesota athletes. Yet, as the lunch progressed, McNamara seemed to outshine all of them. Little did I know this would be McNamara’s final Legends Luncheon. With his passing, I have joined others in the conclusion that his life’s work has left an immeasurable legacy on the University of Minnesota. Many of McNamara’s contributions were directed towards the athletic communities. Various facilities that host RecWell’s intramural and sport club activities, such as TCF Bank Stadium and Ridder Arena, came to fruition with McNamara’s assistance. He was also instrumental in saving men’s gymnastics and men’s and women’s golf, programs that compete at RecWell facilities. All of these efforts were superb accomplishments, however this does not paint the full picture of McNamara. Dr. Jim Turman, Director of Recreation and Wellness, shared his reflection with me. “He was enthusiastic, always interested in what you were doing. He made you feel good, and was just a good person.” McNamara lived just down the road from Turman, and both were frequent users of the handball and racquetball courts at the St. Anthony Athletic Club. Turman stated that he, “always knew it was Bob driving because he had University of Minnesota flags on his car.” Most remember Bob McNamara as an All-American football player. However his racquetball skills were just as impressive, as Turman explained. So impressive in fact, McNamara was inducted into the Minnesota Racquetball Hall of Fame in 1988. “He played in state and local tournaments at our facilities,” stated Turman. “He liked the court sport facilities that we have here.” McNamara was a fixture in the court sports community for decades, and he was still playing racquetball as recently as last year. In his retirement years, McNamara became a fixture on campus; running into him became routine for Turman. “We would talk about what was going on at the University; what project he was working on, usually fundraising.” In some ways McNamara never retired, he just devoted more time to the university. I will always relish my interaction with Bob McNamara; even in the end his presence illuminated a room. A true competitor and benefactor for the university community, McNamara has left an enduring legacy, and the university is in a much better place thanks to his efforts. “The University of Minnesota is definitely indebted to Bob for what he has done over a long time,” said Turman. “He had friends from all walks of life, and I was privileged to be one of them.” There is no doubt that my experience at the University of Minnesota has left a lasting impression on me. If I can give one ounce of Bob McNamara’s service to the university during my life, I would consider that a success. Kenny Devine is the Marketing and Communications Intern with University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness

Join a Summer Group Fitness Class!

Keep up with the summer heat by having fun in a summer group fitness class! All classes will be free from May 27 - June 1. View class schedules below. Minneapolis Summer Schedule: Web / PDF St. Paul Summer Schedule: Web / PDF For class descriptions and more information, visit the Group Fitness page. Summer FitPass Fees Summer Semester FitPass fees for members are $40 for all access (Minneapolis and St. Paul) and $30 for St. Paul only. Passes can be purchased at the Minneapolis or St. Paul membership offices. 

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