Emory is home to many top-tier Division III varsity sports, as can be seen by the many national championships won each year by its student athletes. Not only are Emory's student-athletes among the best in the nation, Emory's athletic facilities are second-to-none as well. However, if one were to ask the average Emory student if he would rather be a star athlete on an Emory varsity team of his choosing or a fraternity playboy, he would most likely chose the latter.
While many of Emory's varsity sports teams are consistently ranked nationally, such as the swimming, soccer, and softball teams, the overall student population frankly does not seem too interested, and this can be seen in the spotty attendance at each of the sporting events. Varsity games are rarely the buzz around campus, and it is not often that athletics are even discussed by the general student population. Many students believe that a football team would not only increase school spirit but would also increase the overall popularity of varsity sports in general. While occasionally some games will fill up with students, these occurrences are few and far between and it is unlikely you will have more than a couple hundred students at any given event. The basketball team generally has the highest attendance numbers, but this is likely because of convenience and ease of access. Emory is severly lacking in school spirit, as Emory students will very rarely go out of their way to attend a varsity sports game.