The mission of the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) is to bring students, faculty, and staff together in educational activities that promote healthy lifestyles, enhance a sense of community, foster growth in leadership and teamwork skills, and encourage the pursuit of excellence.
The Physical Education program offers a wide variety of sports and
activities, which fulfill MIT's General Institute Requirement. Annually
we offer 50 different classes to more than 4000 participants. Our
programs emphasize the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle,
leadership, and team skills development in both outdoor and traditional
All classes are taught by faculty coaches or certified specialists
who bring a high level of expertise to each instructional area. The
"mens et manus" motto of MIT is extended to "mens et manus et corpus"
through attention to strengthening the body while developing the mind.
Through Physical Education, students, faculty, staff, and alumni learn
movement skills that contribute to lifelong fitness and take advantage
of our innovative pedagogy.
Specifically, Physical Intelligence classes take an experiential
approach to the investigation and application of our innate ability to
learn physical skills. Philosophically, the curriculum is founded on
the premise that physical education is more than strength training,
flexibility and aerobic fitness; physical education is also the
development of our ability to access and benefit from the physical
intelligence of the human organism.
Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation links
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