Youth Programs

Youth Programs

The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER) welcomes you. Here, social interaction, regular participation in fitness and recreation and the development of community through programs and services is encouraged through the recognition of the dynamic connection between mind and body. The DAPER Recreational Sports staff embrace the culture of MIT and revel in its uniqueness. DAPER Recreational Sports staff members take pride in ingenuity, and are distinguished by a progressive style of thinking and doing.

Like the staff, programs and services are innovative. Diverse opportunities in fitness, aquatics, and recreation round out the athletic and physical education programs championed by DAPER. These opportunities encourage and provide activities for every level and interest within the MIT community. In offering these activities to participants, we are receptive to suggestions, and thoughtful of participant needs.

MIT Recreational Sports maintains a viable presence in the MIT community. We want to be a partner in your personal path to wellness; mind, hand and body - Mens et Manus et Corpus.

Our Mission 
The mission of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation is to bring students, faculty, and staff together in educational activities that promote healthy lifestyles, enhance a sense of community, foster growth in leadership and teamwork skills, and encourage the pursuit of excellence.

Core Values
DAPER is committed to the pursuit of Excellence in creating an environment that:
Develops Community by embracing the uniqueness of each person, working cooperatively and providing courtesy, respect, and gratitude in all interactions;
Provides Education that instills an appreciation for lifelong learning through the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, social and emotional growth, responsibility, and sportsmanship;
Inspires Leadership by demonstrating vision, knowledge, integrity, loyalty, pride, passion and service through the delivery of quality programs and opportunities;
And promotes Wellness by fostering an environment that values and practices healthy lifestyles, and encourages personal growth and enjoyment, though physical and social activities.

Facility Hours (Full List Here)

Thanksgiving Week Hours
Wednesday, Nov 25th
ZCenter: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
A/W:  6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday, Nov 26th
Friday, Nov 27th
ZCenter: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun, Nov 28th - 29th
ZCenter: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Swimming Pools

Open Recreation (Courts,Track, Fields)

Johnson Ice Rink

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