Sports in Japanese higher education (HE) institutions have been offered as physical education by institutions and sports circles by students' own operations with some degree of support from institution. There are almost no sports services opened to entire student body on campus as student affairs. This study attempts to review the case in the United States by analyzing literature from the industry to become a reference for new frameworks of student sports revitalization in HE in Japan. The presentation is divided into six sections; 1) historical review of U.S. and Japanese student affairs and recreational sports programs (RSP) 2) student development theories 3) standards & outcomes 4) purpose 5) program outline 6) discussion on RSP implementation in Japan. In conclusion, further researches should be implemented to investigate U.S. RSP student affairs functions and its organizational structures as feasible frameworks when student sports structure has to be reorganized in HE in Japan.