Colvin Recreation Center: Inspired by the love of the game

Colvin Recreation Center: Inspired by the love of the game


Did you know? Student participation in
intramural sports reached the record highs by 1947 but there were no
facilities to accommodate the demand. Student leaders wrote letters to
Oklahoma State University administrators hoping for a new space to play the
sports day loved. Students held frustration for the lack of
accommodations for intramural programs and were determined to have their voices
heard. And in response, in April 1963, a 3,000 student petition was given to
President Willham. It will be two years before a referendum was passed for a new facility. Students took the helm and voted in favor of a fee each semester
to help pay for a proportion of the construction cost. March 1966 the Board
of Regents approved a 1.9 million dollar facility to be constructed for students
at OSU. It was estimated that the 127 thousand square foot recreational
building will be able to serve twenty five thousand students. The completed and furnished facility opened in 1969. The building was named the Colvin Physical Education Center in honor of Valerie Colvin 40 years as a professor of
physical education and a leader of the intramural program. By 1974 the campus
had grown and there was a need for expansion. New plans were drawn and
features new lighted tennis courts, intramural playing fields and an annex
for general activities. The addition also included four indoor basketball courts,
four outdoor basketball courts, a jogging track, eight racquetball courts and an
outdoor exercise course. By 1976, over twenty flag football games were
scheduled on the thirteen fields nightly and sixteen sports clubs were formed.
3000 students have played on co-rec intramural teams that year. Finally able
to match the demand, campus intramural programs had reached the golden era. The Colvin Center continues to play a major role in making OSU America’s healthiest
campus.

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