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Athletics, Sports and Recreation

Do you kick, swing, run, bike, ski, throw, flip, skate, hike, jump, climb and/or swim? If so, Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities have athletics, sports and recreation programs and facilities ready to facilitate your active lifestyle.

 

Sports and Athletics

There are sports events for men and women available at Adventist schools. In addition to intramural sports and intercollegiate sports teams, some colleges even have specific SDA sports traditions that involve the entire campus and the surrounding towns. The Sonnenberg Series of best-of-three basketball games, the Onion Bowl football tournament, and the Newmyer Classic basketball tournament are just a few of the Adventist sports events that attract a crowd each year.

Some schools are positioned near large outdoor recreation areas that host activities like mountain biking, snow skiing, soccer and golf, so you can experience your faith actively against the backdrop of God’s beautiful creation.

Use the following table to see which schools offer intramural sports and intercollegiate teams. This information is accurate at time of posting; follow the links for each schools’ up-to-date information.

College/University

Team Name

Intramurals

Intercollegiate Sports

(male/female; league*)

More Information

AdventHealth University

(formerly Adventist University of Health Sciences)

No  
Andrews University 

Cardinals

Badminton Basketball

Floor Hockey

Football

Golf

Soccer

Softball

Underwater Hockey

Volleyball

Basketball—M/F

Gymnastics—Gymnics

Soccer—M/F

Hockey—M

Athletics

Burman University

Bobcats

Flag Football

Floor Hockey

Futsal

Basketball

Gymnastics—Acronaires

Hockey

Soccer—M/F

Volleyball—F

ACAL

Athletics

athletic scholarship available

Kettering CollegeCo-ed Basketball  
La Sierra University

Golden Eagles

Basketball

Flag Football

Soccer

Softball

Volleyball

Baseball—M

Basketball—M/F

Soccer—M

Softball—F

Volleyball—F

NAIA

Athletics

athletic scholarship available

Loma Linda University Yes Intramurals
Oakwood University

Ambassadors

Basketball

Soccer

Track & Field

Volleyball

Basketball—M/F

USCAA

Athletics
Pacific Union College

Pioneers

Floor Hockey

Ultimate Frisbee

Basketball—M/F

Cross Country—M/F

Soccer—M

Volleyball—F

NAIA

Athletics

athletic scholarship available

Southern Adventist UniversityBasketball

Football

Futsal

Hockey

Soccer

Softball Volleyball

Gymnastics—Gym-MastersIntramurals

Gymnastics

Gym-Masters scholarship available

Southwestern Adventist University

Knights

Basketball

Flag Football

Futsal

Hockey

Softball Volleyball

Basketball—M/F

Gymnastics—SWAT (Southwestern Acrobatic Team)

Soccer—M/F

Volleyball—F

USCAA

Athletics
Union College

Warriors

Basketball

Floor Hockey

Ultimate Frisbee

Softball

Volleyball

Basketball—M/F

Golf—M

Gymnastics—Gymnaires

Volleyball—F

 Athletics
Walla Walla University

Wolves

Basketball

Floor Hockey

Football

Softball

Soccer Volleyball

Tennis

Racquetball

Ping Pong

Pickleball

Spikeball

Basketball—M/F

Golf—M/F

Soccer—M

Softball—F

Volleyball—F

NAIA; CCC

Athletics

athletic scholarship available

Washington Adventist University

Shock

Basketball

Soccer

Basketball—M/F

Cross Country—M/F

Gymnastics—Acro-Airs

Soccer—M/F

Softball

Volleyball—M/F

NCAA; USCAA

Athletics

athletic scholarship available

*League abbreviations:

ACAL—Alberta Colleges Athletic League

CCC—Cascade College Conference

NAIA—National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

NCAA—National Collegiate Athletic Association

USCAA—United States Collegiate Athletics Association

 

Recreational Activities

From mountains to beaches to desert, corn mazes to film studios to White House tours, you’ll find plenty of off-campus recreational activities near Adventist universities and colleges. Whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor activities, or prefer summer, fall, winter or spring fun, there are activities for you to enjoy at each one of our campuses.

Activities on or near SDA college and university campuses:

  • Walking, hiking and biking trails
  • Ballet, symphony and opera
  • Snow boarding, ice skating and snowmobiling
  • Zoos, wildlife preserves and national parks
  • Sailing, surfing and wakeboarding
  • Indoor and outdoor theatres
  • Snow skiing, tobogganing and snow shoeing
  • City parks, playgrounds and pools
  • Fishing, hunting and camping
  • Gallerias, shopping malls and outlet stores
  • Horseback riding and rodeos
  • Cultural centers and sight-seeing tours
  • Boating, scuba diving and kite boarding
  • Rock climbing, spelunking and bird-watching
  • Planetariums, botanical gardens and nature centers
  • Kayaking, rafting and canoeing
  • World cuisine and fine-dining restaurants
  • BMX racing, disc golf and skateboarding
  • Aquariums, riverboat cruises and vineyard tours

 

Complement your faith-charged education through participation in a wide variety of athletics, sports and recreation activities at SDA colleges and universities.

Learn more about Campus LifeParticipate and Lead and Why Adventist.