The University of Hartford is home to the Hawks and the school’s beloved mascot, Howie the Hawk, who is at the center of all sporting events. The Hawks are Division I and play in the America East Conference. There are many varsity sports offered at the University, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross country, men's and women's golf, lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, track and field, and volleyball. But, while there are many teams to join or watch, there is no football team, something that many students say is needed here.
There is, however, a rugby team and many intramural teams. Intramural basketball is a very popular sport on campus, and students pack the intramural gym on game days. As a whole, athletics are very important to the University, and the games are usually broadcast on TV or radio. Many of the teams have their successes and failures, but the women's basketball team is the most successful—the team makes it to the NCAA or WNIT tournament nearly every season. Overall, sports are a major part of the University, and they provide a lot of fun and entertainment for the students who are not on teams.