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Willie Henderson Sports Complex

What's Coming

Teen Basketball

Wednesday and Thursday
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Ages: 13 to 19
Cost: Free
These are ongoing pickup games that are played every Wednesday and Thursday.

Wii Dance Off

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Ages: 8 to 18
Cost: Free
Come have a dance off with your friends using the Nintendo Wii console for interactive play. Compete against others and find out who has the best moves. Other systems also available.

After-school Program

Monday through Friday
3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 to 17
Cost: Free
Tutoring, cooking class contests and game tournaments. Monthly special events!

Power Play Cooking Class

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Ages: 7 to 14
Cost: Free
Learn to prepare easy healthy snacks using the 5 a day plan!

Arts & Crafts

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Ages: 7 to 14
Cost: Free

Strength and Conditioning

Monday and Friday
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Ages: 8 to 17
Cost: Free
Increase stamina, condition and general well being in a fun interactive training session. Train hard, break a sweat and live healthy!

Video Game Night

Wednesday and Friday
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Ages: 12 to 18
Cost: Free
Come play the Xbox One with the newest titles and Kinect Gameplay. Other systems also available. Have a 'Next-Generation' game experience.

Register Online!

Visit SDRecConnect (link) to conveniently browse a variety of activities offered by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department and Recreation Councils. It's as easy as One, Two, and Three.

Sign up for an account, find a class or activity, and register!

If you are registering a child for an activity, please do not use the child's information when completing a New Account. Adding family members after successfully creating an account can be completed later.

Please note: An email which includes a confirmation message will be sent after you sign up a new primary account. It is possible the email may go to your junk or spam folder.

The email will include a special first-time activation link. You will not be able to use your new account until you've used this special link!

If you need assistance, please see the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) link at the bottom of the SDRecConnect website.

Current Special Events and Activities

Fun for one, Fun for all! Check out your local Recreation Center's Program guide for more details.


The BookNook program is a "take a book, leave a book" gathering place at your favorite recreation center. Share your favorite literature and stories with others.


History of the Center

The area now known as Willie Henderson Sports Complex was once called the Southeast Athletic Field. Willie Henderson lived in the area and was responsible for building ball fields for youth. In 1986 the site was named after him for his commitment to youth sports.

Directions and Bus Route

Map this location

From Interstate 805 take the 43rd Street exit. Turn right, proceed to Boston Avenue and turn right. Proceed to 45th Street and turn left. 45th Street becomes a one way street where Willie Henderson Sports Complex is located (on the right).

The Sports Complex is accessible by bus via SDMTS routes 11, 955.