Campus Recreation

By providing a wide variety of recreational activities, Campus Recreation works to enhance the quality of life for the UNO community and to facilitate the physical, social and mental health of the students, faculty and staff. Through its programs, Campus Recreation also provides educational leadership and employment opportunities for UNO students. Programs are categorized as follows: fitness/wellness, informal recreation, injury prevention and care, intramural sports, sport clubs, outdoor recreation, aquatic activities, special events, instructional programs and youth programs.

The HPER Building recently underwent an expansive renovation and addition project. The project broke ground in October 2008 and was completed in September 2010. The expansion presented an exciting opportunity which has positively impacted the quality of life for students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Focused specifically on student recreation and student-based programs, the expansion built new space for dedicated recreational activities, student health and beneficial expansion of programs supporting these student services.

The HPER Building is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Features of the building include accessible showers, wheelchair-accessible weight machines and racquetball courts, wheel chairs and access to the pool and spa. The Campus Recreation staff is ready to assist individuals with disabilities in developing programs to meet their needs. Four basketball/volleyball/badminton courts, a 50-meter pool, a jogging track, seven handball and two squash courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, men’s and women’s locker rooms, 25-person spa pool, group exercise and spinning rooms, Injury Prevention and Care facility and much more await the users of Campus Recreation. Equipment necessary to participate is available for check-out free of charge at the Central Issue Room. Lockers, locks and towel service also are available.

The programs offered work to promote the philosophy of “Something for Everyone,” where no one is excluded from participation because of skill level. The only prerequisite is a desire to participate. All currently enrolled students who pay UPF fees are encouraged to participate in one or more of the activities. Students’ spouses and dependent children ages 18-22 may also participate after purchasing a Campus Recreation Activity Card.

As the second largest employer of students on campus, Campus Recreation offers employment opportunities to more than 150 students each semester. Positions include access monitor, office worker, central issue clerk, Outdoor Venture Center clerk, lifeguard, outdoor recreation trip leader, sports official, activity, intramural and weight room supervisors, fitness instructors, personal trainers, building manager, and injury prevention and care staff.

To get involved, stop by the Campus Recreation Control Desk or call 402-554-2539. Information is also online Program and building information is given out 24 hours/day by phone.


The fitness/wellness program, largest in terms of numbers of participants, opens the facilities of the HPER Building to the students of UNO — more than 107 hours per week — for unstructured, drop-in recreational use and a variety of group exercise classes. Non-credit instructional programs are provided as a service to the students of UNO to encourage expanding recreational experiences. Course offerings vary each semester. Some of the most popular lasses are swing/ ballroom dancing, aquatic exercises, yoga, pilates and golf. Personal training is also available.

Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports program is designed to match equally skilled organizations and persons in various activities to meet physical as well as recreational needs. Team, individual and dual competition will take place in the following divisions: men’s independent, women’s independent and co-recreational. There also are opportunities for individuals with disabilities to actively participate in competitive games of integrated wheelchair basketball, racquetball. Campus Recreation will provide sport chairs for use to all students, spouses, faculty, staff and alumni who participate in wheelchair based activities. Intramural sports currently include: flag football, basketball, outdoor/indoor soccer, softball, wrestling, racquetball, golf, badminton, floor hockey, dodgeball and outdoor/indoor volleyball. Other annual events include: 3-point shootouts, slam dunk contest, wheelchair basketball, golf, weight lifting, bowling, putt-putt, tug of war, pre-season flag football and basketball tournaments, track meet and a swim meet. For more information on how to signup, please call Intramural Sports at 402-554-3030 (IM sport hotline). Awards for active participation and success should not be the only goal in an intramural program, but such awards do add to the competitive spirit of such an activity. It is with this idea in mind that the intramural office will offer awards to the all-university champions in each sport.

Sport Clubs

Sport clubs are student groups registered and sponsored by Campus Recreation that may provide a program of instruction, recreation and/or competition in a specific sport. Sport clubs assume a variety of types and sizes in order to meet many of the sport needs and interests of students, faculty and staff. Each club establishes its own organizational framework, leadership and performance level. Each sport club is a student organization that is administered by its members. Current active clubs include: rugby, rock climbing, trap and skeet, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, fencing, equestrian, men’s volleyball, soccer, golf, hockey and badminton. For more information please call 402-554-2539, or stop by HPER 104.

Outdoor Venture Center

If hiking in the back country, canoeing one of the great rivers of the Midwest or climbing mountains is appealing, visit the Outdoor Venture Center (OVC). The OVC, located in the HPER Building, sponsors trips and workshops in canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, backpacking and many other activities, which last from a few hours to week-long adventures. Activities take place locally in Nebraska and in states like Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana, just to name a few. Those wishing to plan their own adventure can make use of the OVC’s equipment rental. For students interested in leading such trips or further refining existing skills, the OVC provides a series of classes in outdoor leadership, basic rescue principles and outdoor emergency care.

Climbing Wall

The 28-foot-tall wall and accompanying 12-foot-tall “boulder” combine for a total of 4,200 square feet of available climbing space. Several climbing workshops are offered throughout the year. Helmets, climbing harnesses, belay devices and ropes are provided free of charge; climbing shoes are not required, but are available for rent.

Aquatic Center

The aquatics center is available to students, staff, faculty, activity card holders and a limited amount of general public participants. The pool is open seven days a week for recreational and lap swimming. Various swim programs and lessons are available ranging from the Masters Swim program for advanced swimmers to lessons for less skilled swimmers aged four and older. Several water exercise classes and a diving program are also offered. All aquatic activities are conducted under the guidance and supervision of Campus Recreation personnel and staffed by skilled and qualified instructors.

Injury Prevention and Care Program

The Injury Prevention and Care (IPC) program has a new home in a brand new, state-of-the-art athletic training facility. The program is designed to provide injury prevention and care services to all students, faculty, and staff while participating in Campus Recreation activities. It also will provide education and assistance to all Campus Recreation cardholders in regard to previous sports injuries. The IPC program offers the following services:

  • First aid (wound care, band aids, ice bags and Ace bandage wraps)
  • Injury evaluations (acute and chronic)
  • Functional movement screens
  • Taping
  • Referral services
  • Rehabilitation education

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 402-554-3170.

Mav-Kids Youth Programs

Mav-Kids is a youth-targeted program open to children of UNO students, faculty, staff and the general public. Events including picnics, swimming, arts and crafts, sporting activities, fitness activities and rock climbing are offered throughout the academic year. Week-long camps are held during the summer months, incorporating various activities into a “theme” for that week.