Community & Commercial Recreation

School of Sport Sciences

Community and Commercial Recreation
Community and commercial recreation professionals help others to use their leisure time wisely to improve their quality of life. If you have an outgoing personality, know how to motivate others and are sensitive to their needs you may enjoy this field. The community and commercial recreation program at Wingate University offers a quality educational experience through traditional classroom learning and enriching internships in a myriad of recreation and leisure settings. Students gain practical experience early on as they plan, organize and lead recreation programs on campus and in the community. As a community and commercial recreation major, you may organize the annual Homecoming 5-K road race, mini triathlon, intramurals and club sports or learn team building at the local high/low ropes/challenge course. 

Unlike many larger universities, the faculty in the School of Sport Sciences advises students early on about classes, internships and career counseling. All students complete a six-credit full-time summer internship experience between their junior and senior years to get the practical experience they need to gain a competitive advantage in the job market. Students prepare their resumes, learn networking techniques with alumni who work in the recreation, leisure and sport fields. You will have completed 400 hours of field experience by the time you graduate to ensure you have the experience needed to start your career.
As a graduate in community and commercial recreation you can expect to find the majority of job opportunities in the areas of local government (32%), nursing and residential care facilities (16%), civic and social organizations (10%). Average job growth of 13% is expected over the next several years.


Dr. Travis Teague
Dean, School of Sport Sciences

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Classes of Interest
Introduction to Recreation Services
Leadership in Sport and Recreation
Practicum in Recreation
Internship in Recreation
Program Planning and Organization
Outdoor Recreation
Water Safety/Lifeguard Training
Leisure and Sport Facility Design
Adapted Sport
Philosophical Foundation of Sport and Recreation
Legal Aspects of Sport and Recreation

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Honor Fraternity
Sport Sciences Majors Club
Sports Medicine Education Club
Research Projects
Virtual tour of Broad River Greenway
Update of Wingate Campus Pond Facility
Implementing a Tee Ball League in a Division of Parks and Recreation
Career Opportunities
Travel and tourism
Federal, state and local parks management
College campus recreation
Fitness centers
Adventure centers
Our Graduates
Kathy McQuain, assistant director of parks and recreation, Augusta County, Ga.