About Us

Jackson State University, The Walter Payton Recreation&Wellness Center!

The Walter Payton Recreation & Wellness Center offers some of the most popular programs and services at JSU. Engaging over 8,500 students annually, programs include Fitness and Wellness services, Free Group Fitness Classes with membership, Personal Fitness Training, Intramural Sports, Community Leagues, Club Sports, Nutrition Consultations,  Wellness Seminars, and Premium Classes!

Recreation space in the 95,000 square foot Walter Payton Center includes cardio exercise equipment, strength machines, free weights, 3 basketball courts, 3 racquetball courts, 1 squash court, and 4 fitness studios.  Adjacent to the center are 12 outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor track, and 2 outdoor sport fields.

Leadership and management of the center is provided by a full time professional staff of 4 and a part-time staff of 18, and student staff of approximately 70, which makes the Department of Campus Recreation the largest student employer on campus.

Mission Statement

The Walter Payton Recreation & Wellness Center encourages personal growth by providing recreational and wellness opportunities to the Jackson community. We are committed to creating an environment which fosters the physical and social development of students, lifelong learning, respect, and cultural diversity.