Recreation Center

The Arthur L. and Maxine Sheets Rybolt Health Sciences and Recreation Center

The Arthur L. and Maxine Sheets Rybolt Sport Sciences and Recreation Center opened on March 13, 2006. Over 6,000 visits were recorded in the first seven days. Approximately $19 million was spent on the facility. Because of their gracious generosity, the Health Science Complex was named for Arthur L. and Maxine Sheets Rybolt.  

In the Rec Center, you will find one multi-purpose and two basketball courts, climbing and boulder walls, a golf simulator, two racquetball courts, an aerobics room, a 5,000 square foot fitness center and weight room, a game room and equipment check out area, sauna, hot tub and a juice bar. The second level offers a three lane jogging track that overlooks the gymnasium area.

The health sciences complex houses faculty offices, classrooms and an exercise physiology lab. Located in the lower level is the athletic training facility which offers a state-of-the art hydrotherapy pool for rehabilitation. In addition, the facility also houses the Messerly Natatorium, a 25m pool and diving well, which serves as a home to the intercollegiate women's and men's swimming and diving teams.

The Rec Center is home to the following departments and programs: Department of Recreational Services, Department of Health Sciences and Sport Management, Athletic Training and the Intercollegiate Women's and Men's Swimming & Diving Teams.

2021-2022 Policy & Procedure Manual 

Basketball Courts

  • Play basketball or volleyball on the gym courts

Basketball court

Multipurpose Activity Court (MAC)

  • Play soccer on the MAC
  • Ask for tennis, volleyball, or badminton nets to be set up on the MAC
multipurpose activity court

Climbing Wall

  • 24-foot climbing wall
  • 12-foot bouldering wall
Climing Wall

Fitness Center

  • 31 units of cardio equipment including treadmills, elliptical, bicycles, Stairmill, rowers, arc-trainers and AMT machines
  • 13 selectorized weight training systems, combination of 12 free weight stations and eight televisions with Broadcast Vision
  • Kettlebells, Battle Ropes and Resistance Bands, Dumbbells and Slam Balls from Kettlebell Kings & Living.Fit 

Game Room

  • Two table tennis tables
  • Three billiards tables
  • Two HD televisions with Wii
game room


  • 2 massage chairs
massage chairs

Messerly Natatorium (Pool, Hot tub, Diving Well, and Sauna)

  • 18-person hot tub
  • Seven-person sauna
  • Eight 25-yard swimming lanes
  • One- and three-meter diving boards


  • 1/9 of a mile
  • Stretching area
  • Free weights
  • Cardio machines

Racquetball Courts

  • Two racquetball courts
  • Ability to play wallyball
racquetball court

Sand Volleyball Courts

  • Two courts outside of the Rec Center
sand volleyball

The Brooks G. Hull Intramural Field

  • Two soccer goals
  • Backstop
Intramural field

Golf Simulator

  • Right handed and left handed clubs available
  • 36 courses are available including Bay Harbor, Myrtle Beach Tour, Pebble Beach and Spyglass Golf Course
  • Play the back nine, front nine, all 18 or the driving range
golf Simulator

Aerobics Room

  • Barre
  • Mirror
  • Various fitness equipment
  • Stereo

Rec Center Summer Hours

* Beginning Friday, May 6, 2022


Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1-7pm

Pool Hours

Monday-Friday: 11am-1pm / 4-6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1-4pm

Climbing Wall Hours

Closed for Summer

Special Hours

5/9/22-5/11/22 (Cleaning): CLOSED
5/30/22 (Memorial Day): CLOSED
7/4/22 (Independence Day): CLOSED

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