Haverford is a Division III school, and although athletes take their own sports seriously, athletics aren't a very big part of the overall Haverford experience. They don't play a large role in Haverford life. Some of our teams are exceptional, most notably the men's and women's cross-country squads and the women's volleyball team. On the other hand, there are teams that are not-so-good, and students hope that new coaches who have recently been hired can fix this. Few students attend games, with the exception of anything played against arch-rival Swarthmore, especially when the game is basketball. The most well-attended games are always our men's basketball team against theirs. The baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer teams get decent attendance at their games, too. We haven't had a football team since 1972 and brag about it through the perennially hilarious "Haverford Football: Undefeated Since 1972" T-shirt.
One nice thing about Haverford athletics is that participation is very high. Approximately 40 percent of students play on a varsity team, and another large number of students are involved in a club sport. We might not be terribly good, but we do like to play, and the College requires us to. The Haverford academic year is divided into four quarters, and by the second year, all students must complete six quarters of physical education credits as a graduation requirement. In fact, the College is so serious about this that students cannot register for their fifth semester of school (usually fall of the junior year) if this requirement isn't met. A majority of Haverford students are athletes in their own way, and if you can't find one on the court, track, or field, you can find one nearby supporting their Black Squirrels.