Grove City College offers 20 varsity sports at the NCAA Division III level. The college is a member of the President's Athletic Conference, which includes other schools like Washington and Jefferson, Westminster, and Thiel. Athletes are encouraged to put their academics before their athletics. The Wolverine Arena is never filled to its 1,600-person capacity. Student-athletes frequently feel under supported and, in some cases, dislike the interference of Grove City College's academic rigor. However, a band of enthusiastic students-dubbed the Crimson Crazies-have made varsity athletic fan support a more mainstream phenomenon. Grove City College also offers club sports including men's volleyball, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's rugby. Club sports attract good fan support, but are not insured or financially supported by the administration-a sore point with avid club team members. Grove City College intramural sports attract over half of the student body-a mixture of all-around athletes and wannabes.
Freshmen wandering through the Physical Learning Center (PLC) may be mystified by the maze of hallways that access pools, racquetball courts, and a dance floor. Facilities here are safe, but dated. A 200-meter suspended track and a newly expanded weight room offer ample indoor workout space. The four tons of free weights and variety of machines are usually busy, but there is rarely a long wait. Many freshmen decry the mandatory fitness and wellness classes. However, students frequently run throughout the town and enjoy pick-up games of volleyball, basketball, racquetball, and ultimate Frisbee.