About Us

Awards and Recreation Advisory Committee

Zesiger Member of the Month

Nobu Ichimura, 12 years old,  Cambridge, MA

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Cambridge MA.  My mom is from Cambridge, MA, my dad is from Tokyo, Japan.

What brought you to MITRecSports?

My grandpa was working in MIT for 34 years.  My mom basically grew up on MIT campus, I started to attend to the MIT Summer Sports Camp back in when I was in the first grade.  We got a family membership and joined swimming lessens.

How long have you been a member of MITRecSports?

I have been a member for 3 years.  Being in the summer camp for 6 years.

What is your favorite aspect of the Alumni or Zesiger Center?

It just great, everything!! Especially Nancy, Beth and Stacey!!

What do you like to do for fun?

I am very serious LEGO builder.

Who or what inspires you?

Aerospace engineering. Ship building.

What tip would you give to others who utilize MITRecSports?

Such a great facility and chance, just use as much as you can!!

Alumni/Wang Member of the Month

Gus Zahariadis

Where are you from originally?


How long have you been working out?

20 years, though you’d never guess.  LOL.

What, or who, is your inspiration(s) for your dedication to health and fitness?

Overcoming the damaging effects of having smoked cigarettes (now quit 6+ yrs). Wearing cute pants again.

What do you like best about working out at the Alumni Center?

Location.  It is convenient to my office.

What do you like to do at the A Center (Cardio/strength train/classes/combo of both)?

Weight Lifting and Cardio.

What is your favorite workout/exercise/machine?

Smith Machine

What are your fitness goals for the next 6 months?  Year?

Increase muscle mass/decrease fat.  Same old, same old.

Fun facts about you?

I love long roadtrips.

After 12 years, my beagle still surprises me with how smart he is.

I’m hoping to visit Barcelona, Spain this summer.

Lifetime Fitness Award

The DAPER Lifetime Fitness Award is an award which recognizes MIT members for their contributions, hard work and dedication to athletics, physical education and recreation.  The criteria for this award include 20 years of involvement in personal fitness as a DAPER member and regular user and other various contributions to DAPER such as committees, teaching, assisting with teams, etc. MIT community makes nominations. To nominate an individual, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The award is given out at the Alumni and Zesiger Anniversary celebration.


2013- Christine Pizer

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Annual Awards

Aquatic Member of the Year

In recognition of dedication to the Aquatics program and contribution to the MIT Recreation. Presented annually, voted on by employees awarded at the Zesiger/Alumni Anniversary celebration.

2013 Recipient-Liz Barnes

Fitness Member of the Year

In recognition of contribution to MIT Recreation and dedication to health and wellness. Presented annually, voted on by employees and awarded at the Zesiger/Alumni Anniversary celebration.

2013 Recipient- Vicky Palay

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Recreation Advisory Committee


James (JC) Cheng, Alumnus Dennis Jillson, Staff
Phil Alexander, Faculty Todd Billings, Staff
Alec Anderson, Undergraduate Student Tuka Al Hanai, Graduate Student

To contact the committee for information or questions email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The purpose of the Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) is to provide input and/or advice to DAPER Administration concerning facility operations, programs, and activities as they relate to Recreational Sports programs, informal recreation and DAPER membership services.

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Facility Hours (Full List Here)

Zesiger Center
Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:  7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun:  9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Alumni/Wang Center
Mon - Fri: 11:45 am - 9:00 pm

Quick Schedule Links:

Swimming Pools

Open Recreation (Courts,Track, Fields)

Johnson Ice Rink

April 2015 Newsletter

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