Your physical and social success starts here. We embrace the diverse recreational needs of our students by offering a wide variety of programs, services, and facilities. Whether you are looking for competition, fitness classes, massage, hiking trips, or just a chance to make some new friends, we have something for you.

Our Mission

To engage the University of New Haven community in lifelong wellness, development, physical activity, and learning opportunities by providing comprehensive recreational programs, services, and facilities.

Our Values
  • Embrace the needs of a diverse university community.
  • Offer quality programs and extensive services.
  • Maintain a clean, safe recreation facility.
  • Deliver exceptional customer service to our members and guests.
  • Promote learning opportunities for our employees and members.
  • Collaborate with students, organizations, faculty, staff, and University departments.


ChargerREC offers a competitive club sports program that enables you to continue playing the sport you love – or to take up a new one. You can also participate in a variety of opportunities that help you accomplish your fitness and wellness goals. Regardless of what you pursue, you’ll make friends and memories and strengthen your connection to Charger Nation.

Club Sports

Club Sports are athletic based student organizations, which compete with other universities and colleges. Each club is a University of New Haven Recognized Student Organization and a member of a regional/national governing league/association. Participation and individual dues vary by club.

Current Clubs Offered:

  • Men's Baseball
  • Women's Softball
  • eSports (Co-Ed)
  • Field Hockey (Co-Ed)
  • Ultimate (Co-Ed)
  • Gymnastics (Co-Ed)
  • Men's Ice Hockey
  • Women’s Ice Hockey
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women’s Lacrosse
  • Men's Rugby
  • Women's Rugby
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Swimming (Co-Ed)
  • Tennis (Co-Ed)
  • Men's Volleyball
  • Women's Volleyball
Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports are organized sports leagues, one-day tournaments, special events, and online programs, which provide participants the opportunity to compete and socialize within the university community. More than 50 team and individual sport programs are offered throughout the academic year. Access to all Intramural Sports are included in each facility membership.

GroupX Classes

GroupX Classes are drop-in fitness classes designed for participants of all levels. A diverse array of classes is offered each month including spinning, meditation, yoga, cardio/strength, core, Zumba, and high-intensity based formats. More than 25 classes are offered each week during the academic year. Access to all GroupX classes are included in each facility membership.

Adventure Recreation

Adventure recreation features off-campus trips to various location within the local region. Hiking trips allow participants to enjoy the scenic trails of southern New England. Climbing trips offer participants access to local climbing facilities. Adventure recreation trips are fee-based programs, which vary by trip.

Personal Training

Personal training offers participants an opportunity for 1-on-1 or small group fitness training. Personal trainers work with participants to develop an individualized program to meet their personal fitness goals. Personal Training is a fee-based program with several packages and rates available.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy offers participants an opportunity for relaxation and stress relief. Massage therapists will work participants to develop individualized sessions focusing on their stress-reduction needs. Massage therapy is a fee-based program with several packages and rates available.

Special Events & Programs

Throughout the year, ChargerREC offers and hosts various events and programs including CPR/AED/first aid classes, concerts, fitness & wellness events, etc.

TeamREC (Student Employment)

Student employees are empowered to manage the programs of ChargerREC and the operations of the Beckerman Recreation Center. ChargerREC is the largest student employer on-campus, employing over 125 students each year.

Competency Learning Experience

The Competency Learning Experience Initiative is an innovative, pedagogically based initiative that engages and develops students in six targeted competencies (Communication, Leadership, Teamwork, Resilience, Critical Thinking, and Global & Cultural Awareness). Through a structured set of experiences, student employees build and reflect on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that lead to personal and professional success.


The home of ChargerRec is the state-of-the-art David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, which is one of the most active locations on campus. Its striking 15-foot-high glass wall along the entire length of its street façade showcases the activities within and, in the words of President Steven Kaplan, serves as a billboard for the University’s vibrant community.

David A. Beckerman Recreation Center

The Beckerman Recreation Center is a 56,600-square-foot student recreation center that features two multi-purpose group fitness studios; weight room & fitness center; two racquetball courts; two hardwood activity courts (for basketball, volleyball, and badminton); a multi-activity court (for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, floor/roller hockey & various other activities); jogging track; juice bar; locker rooms (men’s, women’s & individual use) and lounge areas. The facility is regularly used by 75 percent of full-time undergraduate student body.


During the academic year, the Beckerman Recreation Center membership fee for all current full-time and part-time University of New Haven students is included in their tuition package. University of New Haven faculty, staff, alumni, and family members are eligible to purchase memberships.

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Other Facilities

In addition to the Beckerman Recreation Center, students have access to two turf fields (DellaCamera Stadium and Zolad Stadium) and the University of New Haven Tennis Courts.