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UHD Graduate Resources & Services - Sports and Fitness

Sports and Fitness
Student Life Center, 713-221-8225

Sports and Fitness provides members with programs and facilities that offer vigorous, fun-filled, health-promoting, physical activity conducive to wellness and personal development. Through a well-equipped recreational facility, fitness programs, intramural sports and club sports activities, members will be motivated to embrace a healthy life-style, which may ultimately enhance their quality of life.


The programs and services of Sports and Fitness are open to all UHD students, faculty and staff at no additional fees. UHD   graduates may purchase a Sports and Fitness membership for a fee.


Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center
The three-level, 30,000-square-foot Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center includes two gymnasiums equipped for basketball, volley­ball, and badminton; a multipurpose studio designed for aero­bics, martial arts, and dance classes; and a fitness center with state-of-the-art weight equipment and cardiovascular units. Lockers and show­ers are available.


Fitness Programs
Fitness programs are offered at various times throughout the week from certified instructors. Programs include: Aerobics, Zumba, Boot Camp, Karate, Pilates, Yoga, Hip Hop, and Latin Dance.  Personal trainers and massage therapists are available to members for a nominal fee. The initial fit­ness assessment is free of charge. Healthy workshops are offered monthly as well as various certifications.


Intramural Sports
Intramural sports programs are designed to provide opportuni­ties for UHD members to participate in organized sports activi­ties. Individual and team sports are offered in over 12 different sports. Leagues are created for competitive and just-for-fun par­ticipants alike, and there are several activities where men and women team-up for co-recreational sports.


Club Sports
Club sports provide members with opportunities to share com­mon interests and pursue active involvement and improvement in a sport or activity. Clubs are encouraged to represent the uni­versity at local, regional and national competitions. There are currently club teams in baseball, basketball, cheer, cycling, powerlifting, soccer and volleyball.


Awards Banquet
The Sports and Fitness Awards Banquet is one of the university’s oldest and best traditions.  The annual event is held in May at which participants are recognized for outstanding involvement and contributions to the program.  Outstanding participants from intramural sports, club sports and the various fitness programs are recognized before students, faculty, staff, family, and friends.  The ceremony includes a dinner and an entertaining awards presentation. 


Physical Education: PHED 2101 Health and Fitness for Life 
The Department of Urban Education offers a physical education course, PHED 2101: Health and Fitness for Life, which requires students to participate in fitness class offerings in Sports and Fitness as part of the physical component of the class.  The course focuses on health related behaviors and strategies for enhancing wellness throughout the life span.  There is no prerequisite for the class which is considered a one credit elective applicable to most degree plans.  The course is recommended for those students who plan to take state-mandated teacher certification examinations. It is also recommended for students who wish to examine and experience the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.



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Last updated or reviewed on 8/28/13

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