Contrary to popular belief, Reedies are not athletic stars. However, despite the dearth of athletic activities on campus and the complete absence of varsity sports, Reedies do enjoy sports (weather permitting). Although some of the student responses may lead you to believe that Reedies shun the playing fields for the safety of their library, many enjoy being physically active. Both the women's rugby team and the ultimate Frisbee team are popular fixtures on campus, and both travel to tournaments and do reasonably well for teams of a school Reed's size. Besides those two teams, Reedies enjoy playing for other club teams that exist around campus, from soccer to basketball. Otherwise, students generally prefer studying and partying to sporting; the usually inclement weather often prohibits all but the most extreme activities.
Aside from sporting for fun, Reed requires students to complete six quarters (or three semesters) of physical education classes. Reed's sports center offers a diverse assortment of classes that students can take to fulfill their requirement: different types of yoga, ultimate Frisbee, fencing, bowling, snowboarding, kayaking, judo, tai chi, multiple dancing styles, and myriad other options. Students greatly appreciate and love the variety of offered PE classes, and often use their requirement to branch out and explore the wide world of sports.