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Student Activities Center

About SAC

The 26,000 square-foot Student Activities Center (SAC) is home to numerous personal fitness and athletic opportunities. The SAC houses a full-size gymnasium, two racquetball/squash courts, and an extensive exercise and free-weight training room.

Regularly scheduled activities include basketball, soccer, volleyball, intramural games, various fitness classes, meditation, yoga, Zumba, and several martial arts classes. Equipment for tennis, racquetball, squash, pool and table tennis are available to check out at the front desk.


On May 22 we change to summer hours for the SAC which are as follows:

Monday and Tuesday – 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday – 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday – 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday – Closed

*We will be closed Memorial Day and July 4th

Facilities and Equipment

Weight Room

The weight room is equipped with strength-building machines and cardiovascular training equipment. Fitness equipment allows students to develop a comprehensive training routine to work all parts of the body. The weight room also houses two large punching bags and a speed bag, free-weight dumbbells, medicine balls, and Russian kettle bells.


A variety of activities is scheduled throughout the week. In addition to a basketball court, the gym also features two volleyball courts and indoor soccer goals. The sound system allows students to train and play while listening to music. Mats are available for wrestling, grappling, tumbling, and yoga. Students and staff have organized times to play basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, and badminton. (Shoes with soft black soles are not to be worn in the gym, as they typically mark the gym floor.)

Squash and Racquetball

The SAC has two regulation squash/racquetball courts. Racquets, balls, and protective eyewear are available at the front desk for use in our facility only.

Soccer Field

The soccer field is located on the west side of the SAC. The field is used for a variety of outdoor activities. The front desk has equipment for soccer, softball, horseshoes, football, croquet, kickball, bocce ball, and ultimate Frisbee.

Tennis Courts

The tennis courts are located on the north side of the SAC. Racquets and balls are available for checkout at the front desk.

Disc Golf Course

Visit the front desk to borrow discs or to pick up a map of the disc golf course.

Classes and Activities

See the activities calendar.


Join instructor Richard Dew for our newest class on offer.

Basketball Open Play

Casual atmosphere—all levels welcome. Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym.

Breathing Meditation

This class offers time in the middle of the week to quiet the mind, using our breath to touch the silence and to simply be. Led by Penny Russell, Tuesdays 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the Thorpe room (Peterson Student Center). Questions? Call ext. 6070.


A staple on the Annapolis campus, croquet at St. John’s College is a long-standing tradition.

Disc Golf

St. John’s College offers a stunning, world-class disc golf course sanctioned by the PDGA. It is a challenging course that travels through the arroyo between the lower dorms and the SAC and is characterized by tight shots through trees. Maps of the course, discs, and rules of play are available at the front desk.

Ice Hockey

The Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe has extended its student (half price) rate to all St. John’s College students, alumni, faculty, and staff who would like to play in its adult hockey leagues. The leagues form each fall, and range from “A” (elite) to “D” (developmental). Contact Mike Thurber at Equipment is available and transportation can be arranged.

Iron Bookworm

This non-stop workout uses bodyweight, medicine balls, isometric and plyometric exercises. The aim is to develop strength in all muscle groups, joint mobility, spine strength, and heart health all at once, as well as mental toughness, equanimity under pressure, the ability to push yourself, and creativity in exercising. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:10 to 1 p.m., in the gymnasium.

Lunchtime Activities

Come run, walk, or hike in our beautiful surroundings of campus during your lunch break! It’s a great way to get together with friends, refresh the mind and body, meet new friends in the college community, and capture some vitamin D all at the same time! All levels welcome. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., meet in the SAC lobby. Questions? Contact Mary Anne Burke at ext. 6150.

Medicine Ball Ping Pong

Medicine-ball throwing is a game of skill, strategy, nimbleness, speed, cunning, and brute strength. Get strong without feeling as though you are working out.


Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., SAC Basketball Court. Join Kim Bear for a high-intensity, low-impact workout for a new kind of strong in this combination class of Pilates and yoga.

Racquet Sports and Handball

The SAC has two racquetball/squash/handball courts and three tennis courts available for student use. Students may check out racquets, balls, and goggles at the front desk. Please contact ext. 6149 to sign up for an hour play. Handball is a full-body workout with rules similar to those of racquetball, sans racquet. It is played on a standard racquetball court, and requires a ball, protective eyewear, and gloves. The SAC provides gloves, balls, and goggles.

Russian Kettle Bells

Russian Kettle bells are the ultimate full-body workout experience. These cast iron weights can replace many other types of weight lifting equipment while allowing the benefits of flexibility, muscle, and cardio training to occur simultaneously.


Steeped in tradition, the game of squash evolved from at least five other sports involving racquets, gloves, and balls, dating back to the twelfth century. Often compared to a physical form of chess, squash requires quick reflexes and encompasses physics, geometry, and athleticism while providing an excellent cardiovascular workout.


All skill levels welcome and encouraged to join us on the soccer field for some fun and friendly competition! Sunday 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Table Tennis

Bring your friends or play with the friendly folks of the Santa Fe Table Tennis Club. Lessons or open play. Saturdays, 2 to 5 p.m.

Ultimate Frisbee

Play your favorite disc game on the soccer field with the Santa Fe Ultimate Frisbee Club. All levels welcome; instruction provided. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. until dusk.

Warrior Women Workout

Fitness boot-camp for women only; students, faculty, and staff welcome. This class offers strength, core, and cardio training using dumbbells, elastic bands, balance balls, medicine balls, Bosu ball, kettle bells, and more. Every class is different—and perfect for women at every level of fitness. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:10 to 1 p.m., in the SAC gymnasium. Questions? Contact Mary Anne Burke at ext. 6150 or


Gentle Yoga (Mondays 4 to 5 p.m.), All-Levels Lunchtime Yoga (Wednesdays 12:10 to 1 p.m.) and All-Levels Vinyasa (Thursdays 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.) will offer new and experienced yogis creative and mindful sequences to open the heart, calm the mind, strengthen the body, stretch the hamstrings, and explore the freedom of lay. Modifications and variations of postures are offered to meet students at their current level and allow them room to grow.

Sunday Gentle Yoga Class, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the FAB studio, taught by Alex Winter (GI EC). This class will focus on releasing tension in the body and mind by moving through yoga postures while connecting with the breath.


5 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays at the SAC Basketball Court and Thursdays in the FAB studio. Join Kim Bear for Zumba with Toning Sticks (or light weights) to enhance your sense of rhythm and coordination while toning target areas.