Sports & Recreation
Sports are everywhere at BW. From varsity champions to intramural competitors, most BW students participate in some kind of sports or fitness activity. That's because you will find an activity and level of competition to suit almost any student.
Generations of student-athletes have played for pride in Baldwin Wallace and love of their sport. The Yellow Jackets compete in 23 varsity athletic sports (12 men and 11 women) at the NCAA Division III level and in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
BW's student-athletes excel in their respective sports and in the classroom. BW has 104 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans — more than any other Division III college or university in the OAC or Ohio and ranks 11th nationally in Division III.
Find out more about the Yellow Jackets at bwyellowjackets.com.
Club Sport Teams
If you have an interest and desire to compete on an extramural level, you may be interested in joining one of BW's club sport teams. These teams compete against other college clubs across the country, providing a higher level of competition with an emphasis on fun and fitness. Club sports offer extramural competition as well as off-campus activities that place an emphasis on fun and lifetime fitness activities. Club sports can be competitive, recreational or instructional.
Club sport teams often represent BW in intercollegiate competition or conduct intra-club activities such as practice, instruction, social and tournament play. A number of the club sport teams compete against colleges and universities across the country, and BW club sport teams have won several national championships. Teams sometimes travel out of state and compete against the highest caliber of clubs in the country. Club sports include:
Outdoor Adventures Program
Would you like to take a ski trip or try kayaking? Or maybe you'd rather just take a bike ride through the Metroparks. BW's outdoor adventures program organizes trips and activities and lends equipment like bicycles and camping gear so you can enjoy the great outdoors however you like. There are annual sailing trips in the Florida Keys, whitewater rafting adventures in West Virginia, ski trips to the slopes in New York and West Virginia and camping trips throughout the year.
- Mountain biking
- Rock climbing
- Scuba diving and snorkeling
- Whitewater rafting
Every year, thousands (yes, thousands) of BW students compete against each other in one of the most extensive intramural programs for a college of its size in the country. BW's 40 intramural sports range from basketball to flag football and walleyball to ultimate Frisbee. Students have a variety of options for staying active and meeting friends through participation in intramural sports. Tournaments and leagues are offered throughout the academic year and consist of individuals and teams of all ability levels. BW offers men, women and coed leagues.
The facilities at the Lou Higgins Recreation Center, including the workout facilities, weight rooms, pool and racquetball courts, are available for use by all students. You can exercise on your own schedule, work with a personal trainer or participate in a group fitness class.
The centerpiece of athletic facilities at BW is the Lou Higgins Recreation Center, home to varsity athletics, sports and recreation programs and the School of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences. The center includes Ursprung Gymnasium, the Harrison Dillard Track, Natatorium, extensive workout facilities and state-of-the-art athletic training facilities.
George Finnie Stadium is the home field for Yellow Jackets football, lacrosse and soccer teams as well as outdoor track and field. The turf (Tressel Field) and track surfaces were recently upgraded with Olympic-quality materials. The adjacent Packard Athletic Center features new training facilities for BW students and offices for the football and lacrosse teams.
The "Pop" Collins Tennis Courts, Fisher Field and the Fairgrounds Softball Field are home to the men's and women's tennis teams, baseball program and Yellow Jackets' softball, respectively.