Campus Recreation is an auxiliary operation within the Division of Student Affairs at Colorado State University.

Campus Recreation provides wellness and healthy lifestyle oriented programs, events, and services to Colorado State University students and employees via six program areas: Student Recreation Center, Aquatics, Fitness, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and Outdoor Programs. Six support areas, Service Center, Business Office, Information Technology, Marketing/Publicity, Custodial Services, and Maintenance, supplement the program area functions and provide seamless customer service to CSU students, employees, and their families.

Campus Recreation Vision

Campus Recreation actively promotes the pursuit of a balanced, healthy lifestyle to a diverse university community.

Campus Recreation Mission

Campus Recreation strives to be a benchmark recreational program:

  • by providing diverse programs, quality venues, experiential learning, co-curricular opportunities, and exceptional service through the development of self and encouragement of social responsibility that fosters positive contributors to the university and global community
  • through demonstration of respect for talents, abilities, cultures, and shared ideas
  • by providing a healthy, progressive, and safe environment that nurtures positive behaviors through intentional planning that promotes development and leadership opportunities
  • by initiating and participating in collaborative efforts that enhance the stewardship of resources

Campus Recreation Values

Our integrity lies in trusting each other to maintain high standards in all we do.

Our community is united through a common vision and shared experiences while respecting and supporting one another.

We develop individuals through education and teachable moments while guiding the sustainable growth of others and ourselves.


David Karspeck Memorial Video

The David Karspeck Memorial Video was created out of a tragedy to serve as both a venue to focus on the importance of risk management in recreation and sport 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-A Memorial Video from Brian Buss on Vimeo.