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Student Life at ECSU

Recreation and Wellness


Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of our community by educating and encouraging active participation in recreational opportunities that develop leadership skills, foster social interaction, and reinforce healthy behaviors.

We commit to provide:
We value:
  • safe, clean, and sustainable indoor and outdoor facilities
  • consistent, innovative, and exciting programs
  • outstanding service with integrity, civility, and courtesy
  • opportunities to develop and grow as a leader
  • a knowledgeable, professional, and enthusiastic team
  • quality and well-maintained equipment
  • Integrity
  • Development
  • Teamwork
  • Inclusion
  • Fun
  • Service
  • Safety


There are two main locker rooms in the SWC and the swimming pool area.   The following guidelines are required:

  • No glass is permitted in locker rooms.
  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items due to unauthorized use.
  • Regardless of age, individuals are not permitted in the opposite sex locker room.
  • Private Changing Rooms are available and include restroom, shower, and lockers.

Daily lockers are available in the locker rooms and throughout the facility.

  • Padlocks are available at the equipment check-out counter for daily use free of charge.
  • The padlock must be returned after use and items removed from the locker. If the padlock is not returned by the end of business each day, the padlock and items will be removed by a Campus Recreation team member and a fee of $10 will be assessed for failure to return the padlock.
  • Personal locks are permitted, however must be removed 15 minutes prior to the facility closing. Failure to remove personal lock 15 minutes prior to the facility closing will result in removal of lock by Campus Recreation.
  • In the event the locker needs to be emptied, items will be put in a secure location behind the Welcome Center desk for one week. If belongings are not claimed within one week, the items will be disposed of in an appropriate manner.
  • All locks and lockers are the property of Elizabeth City State University.
  • Lockers are to be used for legitimate recreational purposes only.
  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property or for items left in unsecured lockers.
  • A Viking Card or membership is required to check out equipment.
  • Equipment must be returned by the same person who checked out the equipment.
  • Viking Card is required to return equipment.
  • Equipment must be returned at least 15 minutes prior to closing time.
  • Individuals will be charged a fee for damage or loss of equipment. Fee will be determined based on replacement value for the item.
  • Guests are not permitted to check out equipment. Sponsors may check out equipment for their guests, but assume full responsibility for equipment issued.
  • Equipment may not leave the building and must be returned prior to leaving the SWC or Swimming Pool.
  • The loss or damage of equipment is the responsibility of the guest. A replacement fee must be paid prior to being allowed to use the SWC again or Swimming Pool. 


Open Swim

Come during pool hours (year round) to swim laps or just have fun. Kickboards, fins, and buoys are available for use. 

Swimming Pool Hours

Monday and Wednesday: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Borrow a Bike is a free bike rental program for those that need the use of a bike for a short period of time. If you borrow a bike today, it is due back by 11:00 a.m. the next morning. If you borrow a bike on Friday, it's not due until the following Monday! Customers who do not return their bike by 11:00 a.m. will be charged a $5 late fee. Customers may borrow a bike 12 times per semester.

The program is free to anyone employed by or currently enrolled at Elizabeth City State University.

The Borrow a Bike program is a basic form of bike share. We ask the Viking community members that use the program to be conscious about bringing back the bike when you are finished using it so it is available to another Viking that may need a bike.

Rental Location: Williams Hall Gymnasium (Across from Viking Towers)

Time: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

How to Reserve Your Bike:

  1. Reserve through the Vikings Engage App
  2. Click Search
  3. Click Building
  4. Search Williams  Hall Gymnasium
  5. Click Williams Hall Gymnasium
  6. Reserve Day and Time

The Adventure program is your destination whether you are planning your next adventure on your own or with us.  We offer amazing trips and activities to feed your spirit, team building experiences to strengthen any group, and amazing resources to help you experience the world around you. No matter what your next adventure might be, we've got you covered.


Whether you're looking for information about a particular adventure-based activity or are searching for a trip to take you somewhere new and amazing, the Adventure program is here to provide the ECSU community with innovative and exciting trips and activities every semester.

Adventure Program trips and activities are designed to be collaborative, actively engaging experiences. They are an opportunity to build community, contribute to a group, create relationships, and have fun! Participants are encouraged and supported to overcome challenges as they try activities and develop skills. Participants are also counted upon to assist with trip tasks, such as: loading/unloading equipment, cooking, and cleaning. The Adventure Program understands that success is not merely defined by how high a person climbs or how well they paddle,but can be as simple as getting out there and trying something new.

Have an idea for a new trip? Contact us! We’d love to know what you want to do!

The  Club Sport program within Campus Recreation is an exciting way for students to get involved in competitive recreational sports while attending Elizabeth State University. Each Sport Club is run primarily by students, with assistance by the Department of Campus Recreation. Clubs are open to any Elizabeth City State University student regardless of skill level, but cuts are possible, and costs vary depending on the specific club. Clubs typically practice on or near campus twice or more per week and primarily compete in-state or regionally on weekends during fall and spring semesters. For more information about a specific club, check the current list of  Club Sports below and contact the team representative.

Each club must first become a Registered Student Organization with Student Engagement & Leadership Department prior to achieving  club sport status. To start a Club Sport (one not listed below), please visit Williams Hall or contact the  Club Sport office at (252) 335 - 3829.


This Is a traditional, low energy to high energy, 20 – 40 min long class to get in shape and feel great? This class is designed to increase endurance, burn calories, increase energy and strengthen your mental fortitude to increase your time on the 2 mile morning run/walk. This class group is offered 2X per week.


 This a non-traditional, high energy, 45 min long class is designed to help you get in shape and feel great! This class is similar to boot-camp or circuit style training. VikingFit is the class you are looking for if you like non-stop, fast – paced cardio without the heavy weightlifting! Viking Fit blends traditional and non-traditional fat burning workouts into a 45 min high- intensity session. This class boosts your strength, stability, balance, and over power! VikingFit is perfect for the beginner athlete looking to shed weight and body fat, or for the serious athlete looking to improve overall cardiovascular performance.

The Intramural Sports program within Campus Recreation provides an avenue for ECSU students and faculty/staff to take part in a variety of recreational sporting events individually or as a member of a team. A wide variety of events are offered and can be either short-term tournaments or weekly leagues for men’s, women’s or coed participants. Activities are also designed to accommodate a variety of skill levels and fall under the following categories:

Major Sports 
  • Competitive Leagues - Designed for players that want a competitive environment with a potential to earn a championship. The format includes four scheduled regular season games. The top half of each division will advance to a single elimination playoff.
  • One or two day competitive events for teams or individuals where skills range from recreational to competitive. The format includes round robin play followed by a single elimination playoff for qualifying teams.
Special Events
  • Recreational events that do not consist of round robin or elimination tournament play, and are used to reach unique participants.

Contact the Intramural Sports program at IntramuralSports@ecsu.edu for more information or stay connected through social media on  Instagram & Twitter

Register to Play

There are two main locker rooms in the SWC and the swimming pool area.   The following guidelines are required:

  • No glass is permitted in locker rooms.
  • Campus Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items due to unauthorized use.
  • Regardless of age, individuals are not permitted in the opposite sex locker room.
  • Private Changing Rooms are available and include restroom, shower, and lockers.


Williams Hall Gymnasium

Monday - Friday: 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Ridley Commuter Bowling Center

Monday - Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

R.L. Vaughan Center Swimming Pool

Monday and Wednesday: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Riley Wellness Center

Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Other Facilities:

Outdoor Basketball Courts
Located across the street from William Hall.  are home to many of our outdoor intramural sport activities as well as practice and competition space for the Sport Club Program.  It houses two paved black top full courts. 
Multi-purpose Recreation Field
Open Daylight to Sundown

Questions? Contact:

Frank James

Interim Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness