The University of Toledo is a large university in Toledo, Ohio with over 21,000 students who originate from 40 different states and 105 countries. Over 250 programs are offered there, including 90 Master’s and 17 Doctoral programs. Athletics are also a big part of the University, including football and sports for both men and women. Intramural sports are a popular activity for students and faculty. Athletic teams play soccer, softball, volleyball, cross country, track, golf, tennis, swimming, diving, basketball, and baseball. The University sports teams are known as the Rockets. Sports are so important at the University that the official slogan of athletics is, “See you at the game!”
The University is a member of NCAA Division 1 Athletics and is a participant in the Mid-American Conference Division 1. There are numerous sports for women that include basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Men can choose to play baseball, basketball, crow country, football, golf, or tennis. Part of the reason why there is so much support from students at the University is that they are able to get into all home games for free. This enables students who want to attend games, but are limited on spending money to support their favorite teams. The University of Toledo’s women’s basketball team won a NCAA WNIT Basketball Tournament Championship and is known for being a winning team.
Many students choose to join a club sport so that they can play a sport that they enjoy for fun and exercise. Teams compete against other colleges and universities. Some of the Sports Clubs available at the University are badminton, bowling, fencing, ice hockey, Lacrosse, racquetball, rowing, sailing, wilderness experiences, wrestling, and more. Some intramural sports are co-ed, while others have separate teams for men and women. These teams have won many awards in a wide variety of sports, such as dodge ball, indoor volleyball, sand volleyball, soccer, basketball, flag football, and many others. Students who want to become involved in a club sport need to e-mail the club president and they will be contacted very soon.
The University of Toledo has a world class recreation center with basketball and volleyball courts, a rock climbing wall, and many organized exercise activities. There are also weightlifting and exercise equipment available, as well as an Olympic-size lap pool and a diving pool. Students can relax after class in the hot tub and whirlpool areas or in the sauna. When they are looking for pure fun, they can swim and play on the water slide. Special programs, such as Summer Camp are held for members of the community as well. The Summer Camp program is designed for children who are from five to twelve years old. Students can volunteer to work at this camp, and there are paid positions as well.
The Recreation Center is open to all students who attend the University of Toledo. It is the place where athletes stay in shape for their particular sport and where students can join fitness programs or take swimming lessons. Students who are enrolled full-time for 12 or more hours have full membership to the Recreation Center. Those who are enrolled for one to 11 hours are entitled to 15 visits for that semester. Students may purchase additional time if they want to use the center more often. If a student attended the University for 12 hours or more in the fall and spring semesters, they receive a free summer membership.
The University has organized all athletic information online. Its well-developed athletic website features upcoming schedules for all upcoming games so that students can plan their schedules accordingly. Sports clubs can also be contacted online. Because the Recreation Center serves both a large student body and faculty, schedules for the lap pool and all other featured areas of the Center are also posted online.