The Athletics and Recreation Department offers opportunities for students of all interests and abilities to become involved in recreational programs, receive academic credit for physical and leisure education courses and participate in varsity athletics as an athlete or spectator. Recreational Services offers a wide variety of Intramural Sports and Club Sports for the competitive or recreational participant as well as various drop-in and instructional fitness programs. For-credit physical education courses are offered through the current Play Emory curriculum, focusing on helping students develop habits to live a healthy and active life.

The George W. Woodruff PE Center (WPEC) houses most of the Athletics and Recreation Department’s programs.  Indoor court spaces offer opportunities for playing basketball, volleyball, racquetball, badminton and tennis, while swimmers of all abilities can enjoy the Madeleine Jude Brown Aquatics Center, featuring a heated, Olympic-sized indoor pool for recreational and varsity use.  WPEC members who prefer a view from above can take advantage of the climbing walls.  Walkers and joggers can get their hearts racing on the state-of-the art 400-meter outdoor track or take refuge from the elements on the one-eighth mile indoor track. Other WPEC amenities include a dance studio, aerobics room, outdoor tennis courts and a fully equipped fitness corridor, neighbored by a multi-use sport court.

Outdoor green spaces on campus provide acres of space for recreational and varsity activities.  Open-use spaces include Kaminsky Intramural Park at Candler fields, which is used primarily for walk-up play, intramural and club sports, while varsity complexes host soccer, baseball and softball.  Located in the heart of campus, McDonough Field is open almost year-round for students to play pick-up games.