Sports and Recreation

Keep fit and have fun.

PennWest California students are on the move, enjoying informal recreation, fitness activities and competitive sports … just for fun! In addition to our intercollegiate athletics program, PennWest California offers a wide variety of sports, recreation and fitness activities.

As a PennWest California student, you have exclusive rights to be a member to the Herron Recreation and Fitness Center. Keep in shape with the state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, stationary bikes and other equipment in our fitness center. There's also an indoor jogging track, a swimming pool, basketball and racquetball courts, and the Vulcans Peak climbing wall. Locker rooms are equipped with lockers, individual shower stalls and electric saunas.


View membership information.

Semester Hours
  • Sunday: 12PM – 8PM
  • Monday: 6AM – 10PM
  • Tuesday: 6AM – 10PM
  • Wednesday: 6AM – 10PM
  • Thursday: 6AM – 10PM
  • Friday: 6AM – 10PM
  • Saturday: 12PM – 8PM
Summer and Winter Break Hours
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: 10AM – 6PM
  • Tuesday: 10AM – 6PM
  • Wednesday: 10AM – 6PM
  • Thursday: 10AM – 6PM
  • Friday: 10AM – 6PM
  • Saturday: Closed
*Hours and days subjected to change during university maintenance or holiday schedules.



Students play frisbee in the Herron Hall gym.

Sports Clubs


PennWest California's competitive sports clubs are started and maintained by students. The clubs compete against off-campus rivals in a wide variety of sports. The presidents of all PennWest California sports clubs meet monthly to work together on community service and fundraising projects through the Presidential Sports Club Council.

To receive information about an existing sports club, complete this form and someone from the club will get in touch. 

Are we missing something? Students who are interested in forming a new sports club may contact AJ Franco, Coordinator or Campus Recreation at or 724-938-4820. 


Student play an intramural basketball game at PennWest California.

Intramural and Extramural Sports


Intramural sports offer structured contests, meets, tournaments and leagues for members of the California University community. Look here for the current schedule.

Extramural sports are campus-sponsored tournaments that allow the champion team(s) and individual students to compete against other schools' intramural or club sports champions. Learn more from the Pennsylvania Intramural and Recreational Sports Association.  


PennWest California offers aerobic and other types of classes.

Group Fitness and Healthy Habits Classes


At the Herron Recreation and Fitness Center, trained instructors can help to motivate you and support your fitness goals. Group fitness classes are open to all recreation center members, so put on some comfortable clothes, fill up your water bottle and stop by.

The schedule of group fitness classes changes each semester; to stay informed, visit You don't need to sign up in advance except for cycle classes; reserve your bike up to a week in advance on the IMleagues website

Healthy Habits offers workshops, walking groups, exercise classes and special events to help the campus community live healthy, balanced lives.

Email and virtual programs are offered each semester, and experts lead one-time workshops that can help you to make healthier life choices. Special programs may stretch over a few weeks. Information about Healthy Habits is posted at the fitness center and announced on our social media sites.

Download your Electronic Personal Health Record here. 


A PennWest California student plays frisbee golf on the SAI Farm.

Outdoor Recreation at SAI Farm


The 94-acre SAI Farm, on PennWest California's upper campus, is the place to go for outdoor recreation.

The Student Association Inc. (SAI) owns the former farmland, which includes a disc golf course (under repair), a cross country track, a fitness circuit course and nature trails for hiking or simply enjoying time outdoors.

SAI also has installed a covered pavilion and picnic tables; two large charcoal grills and a variety of picnic games are available to rent. Learn more about SAI Farm.




Contact Us


Visit, call or email staff at the Herron Recreation and Fitness Center for information, schedules, tours of the facilities or to register for programs. Or follow us on social media.

Jamison Roth, Director of Campus Recreation
Phone: 724-938-5826

Tom Hasbrouck, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation
Phone: 724-938-5456

Angelo (AJ) Franco, Coordinator of Campus Recreation
Phone: 724-938-4820

Facebook: PennWest California Recreational Services
Twitter: @pennwestcalrec
Instagram: @pennwestcalrec
Front desk: 724-938-5907