Campus Recreation

Rec Events

Rec Events are held at various times throughout the semester. Most events are free, though some may require a minimal fee. Check out the upcoming Rec Events to find out if registration is required and the registration deadlines. Some events offer opportunities to win prizes! Register in the Campus Recreation Office, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM, or call (309) 298-1228 for more details. Costs are payable at the time of registration by cash or check unless otherwise noted.

Rec Events for Charities
Big Pink Volleyball
  • Each year, graduate assistants, student employees, and staff members from Campus Recreation work with other groups on campus to co-sponsor philanthropic events to benefit specific charity organizations.
  • Western Illinois University is home to the ORIGINAL Big Pink Volleyball! We work with Thompson Hall to hold the biggest and the best Big Pink Volleyball Tournament in the state to educate Western students about breast cancer and send donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and the McDonough District Hospital Mammogram Assistance Program. This year's program raised $8,342.88 to be split between the two charities.  Overall the program has raised $111,963.74.
  • The eXtreme Dodgeball for Diabetes tournament is held in conjunction with National Residence Hall Honorary, and all proceeds are given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2014 we raised $533.50.  All students are encouraged to participate. $533 was raised fall 2015 for the Illinois Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
  • The International World Cup Soccer Tournament held in the fall and spring in conjunction with the Center for International Studies raises funds annual for various charities around the world.  This year we raised $295 for Kimbra, one of the largest slums in Africa.
  • Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement that raises money for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Our Dance Marathon raises money for St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Fundraising begins at the start of the school year and culminates with one final event, where participants dance for 12 hours, the same amount of time that the doctors spend on their feet. During the event, Miracle Families come and tell their stories to motivate dancers to keep going. The goal for this year's event is $70,000. The 2014 event raised $22,000 and the 2015 event raised $53,000. Become a Miracle Maker today!

For additional information on any of our Rec Events, stop by the Campus Recreation Office in the Spencer Student Recreation Center, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM, or call (309) 298-1228.



Outdoor World Cup Soccer

 Monday, September 5
Register online at by August 30

Family Day:  Lawn Games

Saturday, September 10
12:00PM – 3:00 PM –
FREE! – Student Recreation Center Lawn
No pre-registration


Tuesday, October 11
Vote for Wiff Vaughn to play Wiffleball.
Vote for Kix Tinsey to play Kickball
Vote at by October 9
Wiffleball or Kickball will be played October 11

Fifth Annual Fallen Soldiers 5K Race

Saturday, October 22
Race 9:00 AM - Ceremony 8:30 AM - $25.00/person
Register by Monday, September 28 – Spencer Student Rec Center

Dads’ Day:  Football Skills Challenge

Saturday, October 22
1:00 – 3:00 PM –
FREE! – Vince Grady Field
No pre-registration

16th Annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament

 October 17-20
4:00-10:00 PM - $5.00/player
Register by October 11
   Spencer Student Recreation Center

Goalball Tournament

 Thursday, November 3  6:30- 10:00 PM –
FREE! - Register by November 1

Indoor World Cup Soccer  

Saturday, November 12
Register by November 10