Athletes will tell you that participating in a varsity sport at Centre was one of the best choices during their college careers, but non-athletes may barely notice that athletics at Centre exist. Centre is NCAA Division III, in a small conference, and that not only fosters an academics-first mentality, but also improves your chance of making the team. Some teams are easier to join than others, but almost anyone with some natural ability or determination can play a sport at Centre. The drawback is that the only people who attend home games are members of the Centre community, like your mom.
In short, varsity athletics are taken seriously by the athletes who participate in them, while other students view the games as more of a social event. Athletes also manage to have the goofy fun that bigger schools sometimes leave out in the fierce competition. The most popular sports to watch are soccer and football; however, field hockey and baseball games can also draw large crowds. Intramural sports are popular for non- or off-season athletes, and girls IM football draws crowds that rival some varsity games. The club sports boast huge memberships, and pick-up games of Frisbee, kickball, or sledding are popular. The seasonal Centre-wide IM competitions are huge, and watching the dodgeball tournament is big fun.