Moraine Valley's Sport & Recreation Management program offers a comprehensive curriculum with a unique integrative business approach and provides a solid background for study in sport and recreation management. This program prepares graduates for professional careers in the recreation industry and provides them with skills to plan and implement recreation and sports programs, services, and activities for people from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of activities.

Marie Piotrowski

Marie Piotrowski

Class of 2019

"Moraine Valley's program greatly impacted my career. From my very first semester here we were always connecting with professionals, visiting a variety of park districts and other facilities in the field, and it's made me the professional that I am today."

Beth Nagel

Beth Nagel

Class of 2005

"Moraine Valley was the starting point to my career in recreation. The school was always very big on getting out into the community, and actually volunteering as a person at a park district. That way, you get to meet and network with other people. The networking skills from Moraine Valley have been transformed into other aspects of my career. I've been on the South Suburban Board, I'm always meeting new people in the field."

Students that earn a degree in Sport and Recreation Management are able to pursue a variety of career opportunities with Public Parks and Recreation Agencies, Natural Resource Management, Outdoor and Adventure Recreation, Campus Recreation, Military Recreation, Camps, Professional Sports Organizations and Commercial Fitness Businesses.

  • Public Park Districts
  • Indoor and Outdoor Aquatic Facilities
  • Golf Courses
  • Cruise Ships
  • Fitness Centers
  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Campgrounds
  • State and National Parks
  • Ice Arenas
  • Resorts
  • Gymnastics Arena
  • Tennis Facilities
  • Multi-Purpose Gyms
  • Cultural Arts Centers
  • Retirement Communities

Careers in sport and recreation management offer a variety of job opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Sports Facility Management
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Park Ranger
  • Fitness Club Manager
  • Outdoor Adventure Center Manager
  • Athletic Supervisor
  • YMCA Youth Leader
  • Sports Information Specialist
  • Aquatics Supervisor
  • Director of Coaching
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Sports Marketing Specialist
  • Community Center Director

Employment of recreation workers is projected to grow 10% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As more emphasis is placed on the importance of lifelong well-being, more recreation workers will be needed to work with children and adults in a variety of settings.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

If interested in gaining more information about this program please submit your application to Moraine Valley and then contact Coordinator Donna McCauley using the form on this page.

Required Career courses for the program are only offered once a year so it is critical to seek advising from the program coordinator to guide you in selecting the right courses to complete your Associate of Applied Science Degree.  Any and all questions about these exciting and growing careers please do not hesitate to contact Donna McCauley.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Sport and Recreation ManagementA.A.S.1261Public Service


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Contact the program coordinator Donna Mccauley.