In 1920 the first Kent State University athletics team played. The sport was football. The “field band” was there and played in the stands. From then until now, the Kent State community brings that Golden Flashes pride to every game and every team that plays for Kent State.
varsity athletic teams at the Division I level
programs offered at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center each semester
capacity at the university basketball arena, the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center

Athletics Info

A female student athlete is jumping over a hurdle.

Intercollegiate Sports

Kent State University’s athletics program includes baseball, basketball (women’s), basketball (men’s), cross country, field hockey, football, golf (women’s), golf (men’s), gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball, wrestling. Kent State University has developed state-of-the-art facilities to support our student athletes.

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A female swimmer practices her stroke in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center lap pool.

Recreation & Wellness

Do you love to play recreational sports and stay fit? The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) offers you state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities to play for enjoyment and to improve your game. The SRWC has aquatics programs, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis, outdoor sand volleyball, indoor climbing walls, an indoor track and a packed schedule of fitness, dance and other classes.

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A group of male students play a game of frisbee on the lawn outside of Tri Towers.

Club Sports

Club sports are formed by students with a common interest and desire to participate in a specific sport or activity, from competitive sports like ultimate frisbee, to recreational clubs like badminton and fencing.

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A male student is gripping a rugby ball as he runs with his fellow teammates.

Intramural Sports & Community Leagues

Kent State students, faculty, staff and their spouses can get involved recreational sports, programs, and/or activities in which participants compete as teams or as individuals against other Kent State University intramural teams or individuals.

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A hockey player positions his hockey stick to hit a puck on the ground as they skate across the ice at the Kent State Ice Arena.

Ice Arena

At Kent State, it’s always the perfect time for ice skating! Kent State’s own Ice Arena offers public skating, skating lessons, hockey programs, broomball and more.

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