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Athletics & Recreation

Medical students have full access to two state-of-the-art athletics facilities, the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC) and the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC). These facilities include:

  • Indoor and outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pools
  • Basketball courts
  • Indoor volleyball and outdoor beach volleyball courts
  • Indoor and outdoor tennis courts (including two clay tennis courts)
  • Racquetball and squash courts
  • Rock climbing walls
  • Weights and cardio-fitness rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor tracks
  • Dance studios

Medical students are active (and quite competitive!) in intramural leagues such as flag football, soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball.  Each medical school class elects two Intramural Sports Representatives to coordinate teams for their class.  Medical school IM teams compete with other graduate and undergraduate teams on campus. The School of Medicine Societies also compete each year in a spirited Field Day Competition to win the prized Doctoberfest Cup.

In additional to IM Sports, there are numerous sports-related medical student groups that gather regularly for kayaking, rafting, hiking, climbing, camping, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, wiffle ball, tennis, as well as daily games of foosball and ping-pong in the Medical School Student Lounge.

Our close proximity to Stone Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as numerous state parks provides an easy getaway for outdoor activities. Many first and second year students participate in the popular Whitewater Rafting Trip, hosted by the Dean of Students, following M1 Orientation each year.

Just across the street from the School of Medicine is Emory’s Lullwater Park, replete with running trails and paved walkways for running, rollerblading, walking, and biking.  (Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the park.)

For more information about intramural and Club Sports Programs, please visit the Emory Recreation Department website at: