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Woman on horse taking a jump

Where students play, learn, grow: Club sports and more

From learning how to ride horses to developing arts and crafts skills, students can enjoy a wide variety of Campus Recreation and Unions programs to keep fit, have fun and broaden their horizons.

Activities include those in aquatics, fitness and wellness, intramural sports, Outdoor Adventures, the California Aggie Marching Band, the Craft Center, the MU Games Area and the Equestrian Center. And there are more opportunities in such pursuits as cycling, yoga, hiking, personal training, kayaking and woodworking. 

For those seeking the thrill of competition, the Sport Clubs program fields 36 teams in everything from ice hockey to Ultimate Frisbee, softball, rugby, badminton, boxing, soccer and Taekwondo, among others. Two club teams — women’s lacrosse and women’s water polo — won national championships in May.

All enrolled students can use the Activities and Recreation Center at no additional cost. Operated by Campus Recreation and Unions and one of the region’s premier facilities of its kind, the ARC features rock climbing, weightlifting, dance, group cycling, table tennis, racquetball, martial arts, cardio machines, study lounges, meeting places for student clubs, and technologically advanced conference facilities.

Second-year exercise biology major Samantha Stewart and her 11-year-old thoroughbred, King’s Cobrina, jump on the grass Derby Field at the Equestrian Center. Student equestrians have a choice of four club teams — Dressage, Hunter-Jumper, Western and Event. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

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