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Fitness and Recreation

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OLLU offers recreational and fitness opportunities and encourages healthy lifestyle choices for every member of the university community.

OLLU students and staff are eligible to compete in intramural sports and are encouraged to utilize campus facilities and participate in recreation and fitness activities. Alumni are invited to utilize facilities during specified days and times of operation.


The Campus Recreation Department offers the following services:

Intramural and Recreational Sports

Offerings vary each semester and have included Basketball, Sand Volleyball, Flag Football, Indoor Volleyball, and Indoor Soccer. One-day tournaments have included Home Run Derby, ping pong, billiards, and cornhole. New this year is e-sports leagues including FIFA 20, Madden 21, and NBA 2k21.

Outdoor Adventures

Campus Recreation hosts various outdoor trips in the San Antonio area including kayaking on the San Antonio River, hiking trips, biking trips, and ziplining trips.


Lake Elmendorf Kayaking

Campus Recreation has kayaks available for the OLLU community to use on Lake Elmendorf. Kayak use is free for any OLLU community member. 

International Folk Culture Center (IFCC)

The International Folk Culture Center (IFCC), Inc. was created in 1995 to promote friendship, unity and mental and physical fitness through music and dance. Through a generous donation by Dr. Janice Mendelson, the IFCC operates to fulfill her mission to "understand each other." The IFCC hosts workshops and festivals for people of all ages in order to enrich their lives by providing cultural activities in which thy can participate.

The IFCC is equipped with two air-conditioned, spacious ballrooms. The second floor ballroom has large dance mirrors, private elevator access, and access to a fully-equipped kitchen. Both dance rooms have beautiful hardwood floors made for dancing. The second and third floor ballrooms are available for rental depending on availability. 

Health and Fitness

Classes vary each semester and are free for all students, staff and faculty. Classes have included Pilates, Yoga and Zumba.


Fitness and Recreation Facilities

University Wellness and Activities Center (UWAC)

The University Wellness and Activities Center is the university's fitness and athletics center. 

The following areas are located inside the UWAC:

Cardio and Weight Room

Equipped with Nautilus weightlifting and cardiovascular equipment, Olympic free weights, dumbbells and selectorized strength equipment. Exercisers also have access to stationary bicycles, treadmills, ellipticals and steppers -- all with a view of beautiful Lake Elmendorf Park.

Mabee Gymnasium

Equipped with a mid-court divider curtain to allow for simultaneous basketball and volleyball games. The gymnasium has seating for 1,600 spectators.

Made possible by the Mabee Foundation.


Mendelson Dance Room

Equipped with a floating wooden floor, full-length mirrors, and audio system. Aerobic classes are offered by professional instructors.

Made possible by a grant from Janice Mendelson, MD

Conference Rooms

The UWAC's Conference Rooms include three separate facilities that can open into a single conference venue. The larger of the rooms, UWAC 104, is equipped with a video projector, DVD/CD player, VCR, phone lines, dry erase board, and internet ports. The smaller rooms, UWAC 109 and UWAC 110, each are equipped with dry erase boards, phone line, and an internet port.

Made possible in part by the Koehler Foundation and by a grant from Diamond Shamrock Refining and Marketing.

Softball Field

The softball field is located on the east side of campus. The field is primarily used for the university's NAIA women's softball team. The field includes batting cages and a practice area. Seating is available for approximately 200 people.

Soccer Field

The soccer field is located on the west side of campus. The field is primarily used for the university's NAIA men's and women's soccer teams. Seating is available for approximately 200 people. 

Tennis Courts

The tennis courts are located on the west side of campus. The courts were renovated in September 2014 and are used primarily by the university's NAIA men's and women's tennis teams. Seating is available for approximately 100 people. 

Mission Baseball Academy

The baseball fields at the Mission Baseball Academy are utilized by the men's baseball team. The team plays its primary season in the spring. Missions Baseball Academy is located at 5707 State Highway 151 (at Old Highway 90 across from the San Antonio Food Bank), San Antonio, Texas 78227. The phone number is 210-269-6725.