UALR doesn’t have a football team, so the next best thing is basketball, and it is definitely the biggest sport at the University. When the season starts, fliers and posters promoting the team and upcoming games can be found all around campus. Home games gain a lot of attention, and even when the team has an out-of-town game, students will get together to watch the game on TV and cheer on the team. Derek Fisher, a former UALR player who is now on the Los Angeles Lakers, is arguably the University’s most famous alum and part of the reason why the school's basketball team gets a lot of hype. Combine that with the level of talent and skill on the team each yet, and the students love cheering on the players to victory. The women’s basketball team often has special events. For example, in October, the girls sometimes wear pink uniforms to support breast cancer awareness.
Of course, there are other sports here, such as baseball, track, and swimming, and the intramural sports are quite eventful, as well. Overall, the students here take great pride in the school's athletic functions, and because students get in free to games, there is usually a big turnout.