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Athletics

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I am on the equestrian team and it is part of the athletics. Not many people appreciate us and I am not sure how supported the rest of the athletic department is supported. Our facilities are not up to date at all.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: As part of the soccer team, I love the program.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at my school is important and the faculty sends out emails when we have games encouraging people to come out and show support.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We might have good teams but the student body doesn't care. It's hard to get any participation from the student body.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Support for sports is somewhat low, but there are various students who attend sporting events and they enjoy it very much.

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Overall, Wesleyan’s athletics program is not as respected as others within the GSAC (Great South Athletic Conference); yet, as stated on the school website, the athletes are recognized for academic accolades. That does not mean, however, that the College is without school spirit. Win or lose, team members and fans wear their school colors with pride and enjoy the bonding experience that the sports create. Fan support varies in size, depending on the sport. Soccer, volleyball, and basketball have the largest turnout with student attendance because they are the most popular on campus. Two of Wesleyan’s main athletic facilities—Porter Gymnasium and the Mathews Athletic Center (MAC)—are free for students to use. Porter Gymnasium was built in 1928 and houses the athletic department, the Pioneer Lounge, the volleyball/basketball court, and a heated swimming pool. Although the gym has had a few renovations, it is far from being as up-to-date as the Mathews Athletic Center, the location of the school’s main weight room, as well as an aerobics/dance studio. It also serves as a fieldhouse for the soccer and softball fields, tennis courts, and running track.

Students who do not participate in athletics can still be active by taking spinning, yoga, cardio sculpt, Pilates abs, and Zumba classes at the MAC. The MAC and Equestrian Center are the cleanest and most up-to-date facilities, but with better funding for athletics, Porter Gym could undergo some necessary renovations. Wesleyan College places a higher priority on academics, and because the school has Division III athletics, no student receives a scholarship for athletic ability.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Great South Athletic Conference
School Colors
Purple and lavender
School Nickname
Pioneers
Club Sports
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Taekwondo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Mathews Athletic Center
  • Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center
  • Porter Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Softball field
  • Tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, equestrian, soccer, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Cross country, fencing, and tennis
School Spirit
The College doesn't place a large emphasis on sports, but some students dress in school colors (face paint and all) and go support their friends. Only a handful of sports get a large crowd of fans; however, what fans lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. Loud cheering and posters are abundant at athletic events, and usually, the Student Affairs staff hosts a cookout to keep supporters well energized.
Getting Tickets
There is no need to worry about budgeting for tickets or waiting in a long line because Wesleyan sporting events are free for everyone. The only tickets that students have to purchase are for games played by other schools that use the campus facilities.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The arboretum trails, High Falls State Park, Ocmulgee National Monument, Lake Tobesofkee
Did You Know?
  • The Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center is open to all students interested in pleasure or competitive riding, but there are fees, classes, and boarding horses.
  • The senior class president is the only one allowed to call a pep rally.
  • Each club sport is competitive and has a coach or instructor that takes the teams to competitions. Equestrian is the most popular club sport, and has one of the most successful teams on campus that competes in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
  • Two of the class mascots have changed over the years. Originally, the Golden Hearts were known as the "Golden Bells," and the Pirates were known as the "Tri-K Pirates."
  • Class presidents are responsible for their class flag and leading their class cheers.
  • The weather vane on top of Porter Gymnasium was custom-crafted to resemble women playing basketball in 1928. The ball and spire weigh 2 tons!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 19% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 11% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 54 responses

  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 4% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 24% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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