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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports has been taken away from Spelman entirely.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our president decided to initiate a Wellness Revolution to get all the students in healthy standings for their body types.

College Freshman

Athletics: there are no sport at spelman

1 College Junior

Athletics: My school has a "Wellness Revolution" that they've even won an award for, but there's no wellness revolution. It's just something to have to get publicity for Bev Tate (our president). The food in the cafe is terrible, the meat is greasy. They don't have options most of the time. Doesn't sound well to me. Furthermore, they cut the athletics department and are rebuilding Read Hall (athletic hall). I guess they will have them return once the new building is built but it doesn't make sense to start a Wellness Revolution right after you cut the athletics. Like I said, it's for publicity.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Spelman College now has the Wellness Revolution which is amazing!

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  • 1337th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1338th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Candace Wheeler
Stone Mountain, GA
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Athletics is second to academics at Spelman, which some might argue is a good thing. However, there are many students who believe more emphasis and support should be given to sports programs. While there are teams and sporting events for the Jaguars, many students don't have an interest in attending or don't even know the schedule because of poor publicity. It appears that some students in leadership have put this on their radar screen and are not only seeking to help out in the varsity sport arena but are working toward launching IM sports on campus. It seems as if there are some ad hoc IM and club sports that go on through smaller groups. A couple that students will mention are a powder-puff football team and a walking club. Students at Spelman are required to take at least two physical education courses as well, which may lead to practice outside of the regular class time. Along with the sports marketing and fan attendance issues, the athletic facilities are not state-of-the-art. Many regular students and athletes are not happy with the gymnasium or the equipment to be found there. For the most part, even with the recent promotion to Division III, the school has a long way to go in the athletic department.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Great South Athletic Conference
School Colors
Columbia blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
77 - 3%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Florence Matilda Read Health and Recreation Building
  • Howard Harreld Hall workout room
  • Read Hall Gymnasium
  • Spelman Suites Workout Room
Most Popular Sports
Although sports overall do not receive a great deal of support from the student body, the most popular are basketball, tennis, and volleyball.
Most Overlooked Teams
None of Spelman's teams get much attention.
School Spirit
School spirit is high, primarily during special events like Homecoming, Founders Week, Freshman Week, or graduation. You will always see students wearing Spelman paraphernalia. During your first week freshman year, you learn school songs and cheers, but other than the Spelman Hymn, you will probably never sing them again. Dorm spirit among first-year students is high as well. Each dorm is like its own little sorority, complete with Greek letter names and dorm colors. Unfortunately, all of this school spirit does not carry over to the sports arena. Go to any Spelman Jaguar game, and you'll find that the stands are far from full.
Getting Tickets
There generally are not a large number of spectators at the game. Finding tickets or a seat will not be difficult. Admission is generally free or a nominal charge.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Oval, located in the middle of campus

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 51 responses

  • 51% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 16% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 52 responses

  • 29% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 46% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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