Eric Maki is the Managing Director of Recreational Sports.
Recreational Sports combines outstanding facilities with award winning programming
to provide students with a great atmosphere to prosper during their career at Texas
Tech University. Our 242,000 square foot Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center
is the cornerstone of the Recreational Sports landscape. With seven basketball courts,
three weight rooms with over 200 pieces of equipment, three cardio fitness rooms,
125 pieces of cardio equipment, an indoor soccer arena, a 1/9th mile indoor running
track and a soon to be completed functional training room, the Rec Center offers students
everything they need to lead a healthy, fun life. Our Aquatic Center and Leisure Pool
highlight the student need for top of the line aquatic facilities. The Leisure Pool,
opened in 2008, sports a 645 foot lazy river, diving well, eight lane lap pool, four
lane activity pool and over an acre of deck space. Programming also provides students
with many opportunities throughout the year.
Intramurals provides students the opportunity to learn about fair play, valuing friendships
over winning, and being good sports. Intramurals also employs 300+ students a year,
teaching them about not only officiating, but time management, conflict resolution
and decision making.
Sport Clubs give students the opportunity to lead and run a team sport from the ground
up. From starting a club with 10 people to learning how to schedule games, manage
the team roster and coaching their peers, Sport Clubs really do show how to be student
led and student run.
The Fitness/Wellness Center gives students the knowledge and practical applications
to live a healthy, well rounded life. Teaching health and wellness concepts are at
the core of everything the Fit/Well does. Student employees receive encouragement
and financial backing to complete national certifications in areas like Group Fitness
and Personal Training.
The Outdoor Pursuits Center facilitates leadership development within student employees
using social cognitive theory coupled with the experiential learning cycle (Kolb,
1984) through the student's stages of development during their tenure. Student employees
apply their knowledge and leadership skills in a field setting with their academic
peers by facilitating various trips, clinics and workshops throughout the school year.
Additionally, the OPC prides itself upon students making decisions that impact their
peers in a positive manner.