Recreation & Sport Management

USF Recreational Sport ManagementImagine going every day to a job you love. Do you have a passion for sports? Does working with kids and families interest you? Do you love being outdoors? If so, a career in the recreation and sport management field may be for you.

Recreation and leisure are essential for strong communities and satisfying lifestyles. USF’s Recreation and Sport Management program prepares students for rewarding careers in a field that provides meaningful leisure in a variety of settings. USF’s dedicated faculty prepares students for professional leadership roles through innovative instruction, experiential learning and a personalized advising process.

As the only nationally accredited program of its kind in the Chicago suburbs, USF’s Recreation & Sport Management program produces students who are marketable across a range of job settings. Nationally, jobs in the recreation field are expected to grow faster than the average for all
occupations (United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). Entry level salaries average at $31,650, while median salaries can range anywhere from $62,740 to $83,790, depending on titles and duties.



  • Community Recreation & Park Resources
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Sport Operations Management


Minor Programs

  • Leadership Studies
  • Sport Communication
  • Sport Marketing
  • Youth Development


Certificate Programs

  • Leadership Development
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Sport Communication
  • Sport Marketing



The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Illinois State Board of Education ( USF’s Recreation and Sport Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related
Professions (



Faculty members are extremely supportive and guide you on the right path for success. Even after you start your career, your advisors assist you through your journey to help you reach the next level. They truly believe in their students and help prepare them to overcome any challenges they may face in their careers. The professors challenge and inspire their students to become the next leaders in recreation.

-Toni Giovenco ’09, Recreation Supervisor at Downers Grove Park District


What Can You Do With This Degree?

USF will ensure that you have the tools and skills you need to find a rewarding job when you graduate. Some professional titles you might pursue with this degree include: recreation center facility manager, golf course manager, aquatics director, camp director, park ranger, adventure guide, environmental educator, high school or university outdoor program director, athletic director, intramural sports coordinator, coach, special events coordinator, sports information or media relations director, recreation therapist, rehabilitation specialist, special recreation supervisor, therapeutic recreation program director, behavioral health experiential therapist, nursing home activity director, and more.


Grow Through Real-World Experience

Real-world experience is central to USF’s Recreation and Sport Management program. During your last semester, you will complete a full-time, 12 to 14-week internship in the area of your choice. Past internship sites include:

  • Forest Preserve District of Will County (Joliet, Ill.)
  • Camp Anokijig (Plymouth, Wis.)
  • Holiday Home Camp (Williams Bay, Wis.)
  • Trout Lodge & YMCA Camp Lakewood (Potosi, Mo.)
  • Romeoville Park District (Bolingbrook, Ill.)

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