We welcome, value, and affirm our diverse students, participants, and staff, and strive to offer intentional and socially just recreational opportunities.


We hold ourselves and each other accountable by ensuring our actions align with our principles.


We cultivate an environment of collaboration, support, and connection.


We support the whole person in a learning-centered environment focused on meaningful experiences, self-discovery, and leadership.

Campus Recreation is a department within the Division of Student Affairs at Colorado State University. We are dedicated to offering resources, services, and programs that meet the health and wellness needs of our diverse campus population. Through a comprehensive list of offerings from Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs to fitness classes and adventurous hiking trips with our Outdoor Program, we have something for every ability and fitness level.

Our mission

Campus Recreation promotes healthy lifestyles by offering quality programs, facilities, and services to the CSU community in order to foster personal growth, leadership development, and student success in an environment that embraces individual differences.


We empower every member of the CSU community to pursue their lifelong wellbeing through recreation.

Identity Assessments

Since 2013, Campus Recreation has utilized an assessment method to analyze the impacts of our programs, facilities, and services on individuals with marginalized identities. These identity-based assessments are conducted on an annual basis and each year the assessment focuses on a primary identity group.

Assessment vs Research

While Campus Recreation is happy to share the results of our previous assessments, it is important to note the differences between assessment and research. The following is taken from the NACADA website. You can read the full article here.

That is, while research is designed to document or measure a phenomenon not formerly recorded, e.g. applying a new theory to an advising encounter and documenting how well a model ‘explains’ what is going on between advisor and advisee, program assessment provides information to your campus about whether you are achieving prescribed goals, expending resources wisely or meeting a documented campus need.

Research results are expected to be generalizable beyond one’s own campus, with implications for similar institutions or similar populations. Program assessment results are applicable only to one’s own campus.

Ready for a deeper dive?

Check out the links below for the history of our department and where we are intending to go from here!

David Karspeck Memorial Video

The David Karspeck Memorial Video was created out of a tragedy to serve as a reminder of the importance of risk management in recreation and sports venues and to honor the wishes of the family who lost a son in a preventable incident in the Colorado State University Student Recreation Center.

In November 2004, David Charles Henry Karspeck died from asphyxiation in the Student Recreation Center pool. It was a preventable accident that involved hypoxic breathing (breath-holding) practice by David and a distracted student aquatic staff member. Campus Recreation discussed with David’s parents how to simultaneously honor and utilize David’s memory for training Campus Recreation student staff about preventative risk management. Since 2005, Campus Recreation has presented David’s story as part of the student staff annual training. His memorial plaque that graces the lobby of the Student Recreation Center serves as a tribute and a stark reminder of risk management practices for new and returning student employees.

In 2012 this video was completed to represent David’s story and emphasize risk management during student staff training. David’s mother, Pat Karspeck, and brother Will Karspeck, a CSU Campus Recreation student employee, appear in the video. Their powerful message illustrates eloquently why Campus Recreation is committed to practicing preventative risk management.

David Karspeck Memorial Video