Athletic teams at Juniata are supported with general goodwill—if not always attendance—from most of the students. Many teams have small but loyal followings. A good portion of Juniata students are athletic, whether they’re on a varsity or IM team or just head to the gym to work out. While many of the teams have their steadfast fans, none of the sports evoke a particularly communal diehard atmosphere, except perhaps the celebrated volleyball teams. Their pedestals are deserved—the women’s team always impresses.
Varsity teams do tend to bond together; many get houses or apartments, and actually, the athletic teams are probably the closest thing Juniata has to Greek life. This causes some students to complain that the teams are cliquey. Athletics tend to be met with the same general, amiable, and occasionally impassioned support as everything else at Juniata, whether someone’s playing basketball for fun or a talented team is strutting its stuff on the court.