Let’s just say Mount Holyoke isn’t a sports-oriented campus. There are students who faithfully participate in a sport all four years, but those who don’t probably won’t even come out to watch the games. It’s not that you can’t find sports if you’re looking for them, but the latest basketball statistics probably won’t be a hot topic of conversation around the dinner table (unless one of your friends is on the basketball team). That said, the facilities are there for some sports to really shine. Kendall is well equipped, and the Equestrian Center is a reason some students come here—not every campus has a barn and extensive indoor and outdoor riding areas, nor a famous golf course.
From the proliferation of club sports, it would seem that Mount Holyoke women play sports more for the fun of it than for the competition. Not that club sports and the few intramurals that are offered need to be any less strenuous than intercollegiate sports, but they offer a chance to participate without as much external pressure to perform. Club sports differ widely in the level of commitment involved—since they are run through Student Programs, they are largely what the students who participate make of them. They are a good way to get involved in something new and exciting, such as cheerleading, water polo, or hiking, while getting physically fit at the same time. Unfortunately, club sports don’t always get the funding they need, since the student government, which provides the funding to all clubs, rarely has enough money to give every club what it asks for.