Athletics are not the primary focus of Oglethorpe, but they are by no means negligible. Students will root for their teams at both home and away games, and they are joined by Oglethorpe's unique school mascot, Petey the Petrel. There are many sports available to join, ranging from baseball to volleyball to tennis. If a student has an idea for a new sports team to create, he/she can try and gather support for the idea and then bring it to our student government organization, OSA, for clearance; a muggle quidditch team was recently created this way.
Oglethorpe's first varsity team was basketball, established in 1916. Today, the athletic facilities are "pretty average," but school spirit is very visible. Even though Oglethorpe is a Division III school, students don't seem to care; they enjoy the games anyway. Oglethorpe offers chances for both the athletically talented and the athletically interested; if a student wants to play something, there's usually a way for him or her to find a team.