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!

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.  


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 a Recapalooza!

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!

Take the Plunge

Celebrate the end of classes by Taking the Plunge off the High Dive at the Competition Pool! Glow sticks, snacks and drinks will be provided. The college with the most student jumps will win a Dive-In Movie Night at the Recreation Pool!