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Our Mission

DAPER’s shared purpose is to bring the MIT community together in educational activities that promote wellness, a diverse and inclusive environment, leadership, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence through competition, physical activity and recreation.  The mission of the Club Sports Program is to provide MIT students with enhanced opportunities to pursue instructional or competitive athletic interests while encouraging lifelong fitness, leadership, and personal growth.

MIT’s Club Sports Program complements the Institute’s intercollegiate athletic and intramural programs. Membership in a club is open to all MIT students, faculty, staff, alumni and spouses thereof with a valid DAPER membership. It is our desire to extend to each student at MIT the opportunity to participate in a Club Sport. These sports can be competitive, recreational, or instructional in nature, as clubs may represent the Institute in intercollegiate competition or conduct practice, instructional, social and tournament play.

The Club Sports Program is overseen by the Club Sports Council (CSC) with additional professional guidance from the Director of Club Sports in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER). Each club is formed, developed, governed, and administered entirely by its student membership. The key to the success of this program is active student leadership and participation. The policies and procedures outlined in this handbook apply to all recognized clubs governed by the CSC that have been established by the CSC in coordination with DAPER and the Director of Club Sports.

We aim to create a welcoming and inclusionary environment for all MIT community members. If you need a disability accommodation in order to access our offerings, please let us know

Priorities of the Club Sports Program

  • To provide a wide range of individual and team sports at varying levels of competitiveness the MIT community.
  • To provide opportunities for social interaction and the development of lasting friendships.
  • To teach the value of sportsmanship, the principles of fair play, and a positive attitude.
  • To develop habits of participation in physical activity that can carry over into everyday living.
  • To develop physical fitness.
  • To provide leadership opportunities through participation.

DAPER Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) supports a diverse and inclusive culture that provides opportunities for all students, staff, faculty, and community members regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, creed, disability, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation. Our diverse and inclusive culture supports a respectful learning environment and is a shared and ongoing responsibility in the pursuit of excellence.

MIT Club Sports is committed to providing an environment that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you cannot access content or use features on our website due to a disability, please let us know.