Kenyon is a place for writers, readers, artists, and academics, and this leaves little room for sports players or even sports spectators. Students attend games sporadically at best, and the teams’ abysmal records do little to draw fans. The only team that consistently wins is the swim Lords and Ladies. These teams have made it to nationals for more years than can be counted. Their winning streak is so expected that they plan the annual celebration, "Shock Your Mama," before heading off to nationals. Intramural leagues are alive and well, even without spectators. Students who played in high school but wanted a more academic experience in college relish the opportunity to show off their skills. In addition to the more mainstream IM sports, there are Quidditch and ultimate Frisbee teams, as well. These IM leagues can get very competitive, with rivalries building around dorm teams.
Though there isn’t much spectatorship, the athletic facilities are first-rate. The Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC), which opened in 2006, boasts 263,000 square feet of space filled with weight rooms, a swimming pool, yoga room, dance facilities, and much more. Students flock to the KAC to work out or take classes in Pilates or Zumba, all free of charge. On weekends, the Kenyon Film Society also shows movies in the KAC movie theater.