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Special Event Information
 
Family Weekend
Student Recreation Center Weekend Passes
9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Come enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities through Campus Recreation & Wellness including the state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center (SRC) during Family Weekend.  The facility includes basketball/volleyball courts, a fitness area, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a running track.  Family Weekend participants may have up to three visitors enter the facility for free.  Additional passes may be purchased at the SRC Customer Services desk for $5 each.  Group Fitness classes, use of the indoor climbing wall, fitness area orientations, and facility tours will also be available to Family Weekend participants free of charge.
 
Family Weekend Canoe/Kayak trips
Trip offered on Sunday
For the outdoor enthusiasts, please join Campus Recreation & Wellness for a leisurely trip on the Tar River.  View a beautiful forest, riverside developed areas, sandy beaches, and abundant wildlife (turtles, geese, and herons).  It's a nice relaxing way to spend your time at ECU and a complement to other activities.  There is a fee for these trips and enrollment is limited.
 
Polar Bear Plunge
The "Polar Bear Plunge" is an annual tradition typically held on the evening of the 3rd Thursday of Spring semester classes at the ECU Student Recreation Center. ECU Students, faculty, and staff will reveal their wild side by taking a jump into the icy waters of the outdoor pool in the heart of winter. The event started in 1997 as a part of the grand opening week for the Student Recreation Center. The first jump started with 35 participants and grew to 1,094 in 2013. Mark your calendar and plan to come out and join the fun!

 
King & Queen of the Halls
Twenty-six years ago East Carolina University had a desire to connect its students more with its campus, people, activities, and sports offered. King and Queen of the Hill was established, primarily for students in residence halls on College Hill, and was meant to be a day full of fun, competitive games, and also to introduce both old and new students to the recreation programs and campus life for the new year. Years passed and this exciting event became accessible to the entire residence hall population and came to be known as King and Queen of the Halls. Today, more than two decades later, this traditional celebration continues to excite and benefit students in opening their minds to all East Carolina has to offer. Try your athletic skills in mini-basketball shooting, the waiter relay, and the Pirate's Ladder. Enjoy a crazy ride down the slip n' slide or just sit back and relax while listening to some upbeat music. This is just a portion of what this event offers. Whether or not you have a competitive spirit, you will certainly find something entertaining and fun at this traditional event.
 
Adapted Recreation & Wellness Day

This unique event is a collaborative effort of the East Carolina University Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness Adapted Recreation program, ECU Health & Human Performance, Pitt County Community Schools & Recreation, and the local community’s Support Team for Active Recreation (STAR). Adapted Recreation & Wellness Day introduces individuals with and without disabilities to a wide variety of adapted activities such as rock wall climbing, wheelchair volleyball, slalom course, bowling and billiards, tai chi, hand cycling, racquetball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, shuffleboard, tennis, quad rugby, power/wheelchair hockey, innertube water polo, and bocce’.  

Past speakers have included wheelchair tennis player Harriet Enzor, Paralympic swimmer and runner Rudy Garcia-Tolson, wheelchair marathoner and basketball player Jean Driscoll, Paralympic swimmer Trischa Zorn, power hockey player Shawn Hessee, sprinter Brian Frasure, climber Mark Wellman, hand cyclist William Brady, golfer Bob Ronne, swimmer and road racer Ron Curll, the “Charlotte Crash” Quad Rugby team, golfer DJ Gregory, Wheelchair Rugby player Rachelle (Friedman) Chapman, and the “Port City Wheelers” Wheelchair Basketball team.  

A nominal registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, the keynote presentation, all instructional sessions, entry into facilities, and parking.  Adapted Recreation & Wellness Day is open to participants of all ages and ability levels, students, spectators, and family members.  East Carolina University’s Student Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art 150,000 square foot facility which includes six multi-purpose courts, an indoor running track, a 27 foot climbing wall, an indoor swimming pool with both lap and instructional areas, a concourse and juice bar, three multi-purpose rooms, and a 10,000 square foot weight and fitness area. 

 
Flatlander’s Fling Climbing Competition
The Flatlander’s Fling is open to all climbers, regardless of ability level and will feature bouldering and top rope climbing, along with a point system that will determine the winners. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to participants in all categories. Each year, the goal is to raise awareness about the benefits of climbing.
 
Beach Fest & Spring Fest
Beach Fest (fall) and Spring Fest (spring) are two large events that showcase and highlight features of the North Recreational Complex facility and includes a variety of games and activities, food, music, and prizes.  Paddle kayaks in the lake, try out the disc golf course, take a wild ride on the 300 foot zip line, or experience any of multitude of activities that will be available., Beach Fest is typically scheduled in early September and Spring Fest within the weeks following Spring Break.  Check the calendar of activities for specific days and times.