by Dixon Hankins, Associate Director for Outdoor Recreation

Planning to explore Austin’s great outdoor spaces? Check out these tips from the UT RecSports Outdoor Recreation program to maximize your adventures.

Most websites in Austin have produced their version of a “Best Outdoor Activities in Austin” list. Finding a list from your favorite source is a great way to start building your itinerary. We definitely recommend visiting some of Austin’s most famous outdoor attractions — Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake, Mount Bonnell, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Hike-and-Bike Trail, etc. …


The history of the Intramural Championship t-shirt.

The coveted intramural champion shirt is one of the most sought-after articles of clothing at The University of Texas at Austin. Each year thousands of participants compete in over 30 different events for the honor of claiming bragging rights and their piece of UT history.

Along with their photo on the Intramural Wall of Fame, students understand the long tradition of wearing their champ shirt on campus to let all know that they too have joined the ranks of intramural champions.

But that has not always been the case on the UT campus.
Prior to the 1975–76 year, winning a…


What’s your connection to RecSports? What are you up to these days?

Daniel Rincones

BA Kinesiology ’06

Daniel says some of his greatest memories as a Longhorn can be traced back to his involvement with RecSports. While serving on the Intramural Sports Council and playing intramural flag football, soccer, softball, and basketball, Daniel formed lasting memories and lasting friendships. One standout memory for Daniel is having played on a winning All-University flag football championship game with his brother, Carlos, as a teammate. Having completed a master healthcare administration program in 2015, Daniel’s career has been spent in the healthcare recruitment industry. He is currently chief operating officer for the South Texas Health System of…


Associate Director, Facility Operations

He’s a reliable, supportive colleague to co-workers. A mentor and role model to students. A friendly, courteous representative of Recreational Sports to gym patrons and the campus community. And to his supervisor, Director of Facility Operations Pete Schaack, E.J. Patterson is an exemplary staff member who is never satisfied with the status quo and works diligently to make RecSports the best program of its kind in the country.

The daily operations of Gregory Gym, the beloved flagship facility of RecSports, and the Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex, are in E.J.’s capable hands. His wide-ranging skills and experience in facility management and…


The Recreational Sports Intramural Sports program has undergone many changes in the past 105 years. From new sports being added to new divisions being created, the program has gotten bigger, better, more diverse, and looks very different than it did in 1916.


Petroleum Engineer at Hilcorp

Renowned naturalist John Muir famously said, “You should never go to Alaska as a young man because you’ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live.” Those words must have resonated with Ryan Rupert. He said farewell to the Lone Star state as a newly-graduated Longhorn in 2008 to live, work and play in Alaska following a summer internship in the northern and westernmost U.S. state once called The Last Frontier.

Ryan, born and raised in Plano, Texas, easily swapped the hot temps of his home state for the subarctic climate of Alaska. “I have always…


By Dixon Hankins, Associate Director for Outdoor Recreation, and Ross Rodriguez, Senior Assistant Director — Outdoor Satellites and Instructional Program

The President’s Student Employee of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding student employee who has made a positive impact on the university and has demonstrated exceptional quality of work, initiative, and professionalism. This year, two exemplary RecSports Student Employees were named finalists for this prestigious award.

Connor Chewning


In celebration of the Class of 2021, we’ve compiled stories of some of our amazing graduates. There is no shortage of impressive achievements and inspiring stories among them. Read our latest story featuring 10 of Team RecSports’ impressive grads.


Originally a campus tradition established in 1922 for recognizing student leaders and a symbolic gesture of transferring leadership from one class to the next, the Swing Out Awards are presented annually by the Office of the Dean of Students to recognize student organizations that have demonstrated excellence in leadership on campus.

This year, Texas Ballroom, one of RecSports’ 48 Sport Clubs, placed in four award categories. The club received the Best Recreational Organization and Healthiest Organization titles. In addition, the club earned RecSports Senior Assistant Director for Sport Clubs, Chad Zimmerman, the award for Most Outstanding Advisor with their nomination…


Congratulations to the 2021 recipients and our sincerest thanks to all the benefactors for their generous donations and support of the Student Employee Scholarship Program. These hardworking student employees went through a rigorous application process and nomination committee in order to earn their respective scholarships.

UT Recreational Sports

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