Friends of Miami Recreation

Mission Statement

As part of our 30th anniversary celebration this year, we are launching our new Friends of Miami Recreation program, designed to reconnect former staff, alumni, and the community through a variety of programs, and to celebrate stories from the past, as we formally build out a comprehensive history of recreation at Miami. This program includes:

Our Thirty at Thirty initiative celebrates the successes of our former staff. I encourage you to reach out to me with your nominations and help us celebrate these remarkable individuals!

Our Career Connections program will work to connect current student staff to those in the workforce who are interested in mentorships or finding future employees for jobs and internships.

Our Sponsorship Program provides diverse opportunities for companies to showcase their products or services to the 4,000+ students actively participating in our programs and facilities daily.

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Recreation Endowment Fund

We are also excited to announce the launch of an endowment fund campaign, aimed at securing a sustainable financial future. Funds will be used to support health and wellness programs, host recreational special events, expand staff certifications and training, and to upgrade facilities and equipment.

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Our history began in 1897 with the construction of Herron Gym, laying the foundation for a rich legacy of recreation at Miami University. From those humble beginnings, our commitment to well-being has flourished, culminating in the Recreational Center that stands proudly on campus today.

For over a century, Miami Recreation has been more than just a fitness facilities; it's a department that fosters a sense of community, bringing together students and local Oxford residents. As a witness to countless memories and shared experiences, it has become a cornerstone of our campus life.

Here's to a century of wellness, camaraderie, and countless moments of joy! Read more about our history here!

Alumni Stories

Working at the Miami Rec Center wasn't just a job – it was a gateway to a thriving community. Amid the clatter of weights and the whir of machines, I found friends who made late-night shifts feel like hangouts. Beyond the gym, these connections became a crucial support system, turning colleagues into companions.

The experience taught me practical skills, from teamwork to time management, and the importance of a balanced lifestyle. Leaving the Rec Center, I carried not just a paycheck but a pocketful of meaningful memories and friendships that made my college journey richer. It wasn't just a workplace; it was a dynamic space where unexpected connections and shared experiences transformed a routine job into an integral part of my university experience.

Allison Reed 

Class of '22

Miami University Recreation Center, Oxford Campus

For more information regarding any of the programs listed above please contact Mike Arnos, Senior Director of Programs at 513-529-8179 or