AUBREY R. WATZEK SPORTS CENTER
Aubrey R. Watzek was elected to Reed's board of trustees in 1931, and ended his term as the board chair in 1942. He was generous in his support of the college and provided the resources for scholarships, academic programs, and for the construction of the biology building and the sports center. The original 1913 gymnasium, built in Tudor Gothic style, was demolished for the 1965 construction of the sports center. Renovated in 2002, the sports center has an indoor pool, squash and racquetball courts, two saunas, a weight room, two gyms, a dance studio, and a martial arts room. Reed students may check out a variety of athletic equipment varying from a tennis or squash racket to a gi for practicing judo.
Physical education at Reed can take any one of dozens of forms, including yoga, aikido, swimming, sailing, skiing, juggling, African dancing, crew, rugby, fencing, and basketball. Students may also design their own athletic programs.
At the outset, the Reed community voted against the creation of varsity sports teams, supporting fully the concept of intramural teams. Today any new sports team can be organized with student interest.