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.