Sport Clubs

Whether you were active in sports in high school or have never participated before, NIU has a club for you! With more than 500 active student participants, our sport clubs are a great way to get some exercise, make new friends and gain leadership experience.

Clubs hold practices, tournaments and demonstrations at various locations on campus. Some clubs also travel to activities at other colleges and universities.

Joining a Club

You can join a sport club if you're a fee-paying NIU student or an NIU employee who is a faculty/staff Recreation member. No experience is necessary. Clubs hold practices for skill and team development.

Participation in some clubs is free, while other clubs require individual donations to cover the cost of equipment, facility rentals and supervision, instruction and travel.

Starting a Club

Any student or group of students can start a sport club, even if the sport is already recognized as an intercollegiate sport at NIU. Sport clubs must be recognized by the Student Association (SA) and receive approval from Recreation.

Clubs must follow the rules and regulations that govern all SA-recognized organizations, as well as those established by Recreation. All clubs must have constitutions and submit paperwork at the beginning of each semester to begin and continue as a recognized organization.

Learn more about starting a student organization. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Kucik at

Sport Club Council

The Sport Club Council meets regularly to support and supervise the operation of NIU's sport clubs. If you're a member of a sport club, you can apply to serve on the council. In order to be eligible, you must:

  • Be a full-time student with a GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Be a member for at least one semester of a sport club that's been recognized by the SA and Recreation for at least one academic year
  • Have the ability to meet biweekly/5-8 hours a month
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities and have strong communication skills
  • Show evidence of not violating sport club policies and procedures

Fill out an application to serve on the council (DOCX). If selected, you'll serve a one-year appointment, from May 1 to April 30.


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