Special Events

The Recreation Department sponsors many one-time special events throughout the year. These events provide opportunities for members of the Rice community to come together and try out some unique and exciting recreational activities.

Welcome Back Bash 

Join us in front of the Rec Center for a carnival-style celebration to welcome in the new school year! This event is free for everyone, including those who are not currently members of the facility!

Wibit™ Weekends! 

Come experience our exciting new inflatable obstacle course in the Rice Recreation Center Competition Pool. This event is FREE for members only.

Movie Night
Join us at the Rec Pool to celebrate the end of the semester! While we screen a favorite movie, float in the pool or enjoy snacks and refreshments on the pool deck. This event is FREE for Rice Students and Rec members!

The Mate Mile Challenge
Go the extra mile with your mate! In the spirit of Valentine's Day, the Recreation Center awards first, second, and third place prizes to the couples that swim and run the longest combined distances.

Flying Owls 5K

We encourage families, teams, students, runners and walkers to come out for a scenic run through the Rice University campus and for a post-race celebration with refreshments and entertainment.  The funds raised through your participation in this event will contribute to providing educational opportunities that promote active and healthy living to the Rice students, faculty, and staff.  

Rec Day 

February 22, 1950 is the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association’s (NIRSA) founding date, and in 1999, members voted to proclaim this a day for nationwide focus on the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness and wellness.We are celebrating this day with an array of fun activities and prizes!

Owl Golf Tournament

Come join us every fall at the Clear Creek Golf Course and show off your skills. This 4-Person scramble will have plenty of prizes, snacks, and, of course, fun!