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Rec facility members get free access at other schools

- September 10, 2007

Faculty and staff who are paid members of the Student Recreational Facility are now able to use the fitness facilities at many other universities free of charge.

The Division of Athletics’ Department of Recreational Services has signed onto a national program that will allow access to the facilities of potentially hundreds of other institutions.

The Health & Wellness Passport Program, sponsored by the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA), is free to member institutions who choose to join the program.

Announced during the summer, more than 40 universities have already signed on, says Patti Bostic, executive director of recreational services.

She expects there may be up to 300 venues available by the end of the semester.

“It’s a good service for us to offer and a great opportunity for all our members,” Bostic says.

“Faculty and staff often travel to other campuses, and if they enjoy working out, they now have access to some excellent facilities.”

There are currently about 600 members of UConn’s recreational facility who are eligible for the benefit, Bostic says.

Those who are traveling to another campus and are interested in using the facilities there must pick up a voucher at the recreation office.

The voucher is good for 30 days.

Membership of UConn’s facility is available to all faculty and staff for $100 per semester.

It entitles individuals to use of the Guyer Gymnasium, which includes basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts; the Greer Field House, which includes basketball courts, an indoor track, and table tennis; racquetball courts; free weights; cardiovascular equipment; resistance training machines; the Brundage pool; a climbing center; and daily use of locker rooms.

The fee may be paid through payroll deduction.

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