Get in the game
Many schools tout an equal commitment to both education and sport, but Calvin truly lives it out. If you’re a member of one of our 21 varsity sports teams, you’ll be challenged to perform well on the court and in the classroom, all while growing your faith alongside your teammates. The opportunity to excel doesn’t stop with varsity sports: Calvin has enough recreational and intramural teams to ensure you’ll have a chance to get in the game. And even if you don’t play, be sure to wear maroon and gold to represent Knight Nation, especially on game day! Go Knights!
Calvin’s volleyball team has captured two national championship titles in four years
NCAA DIII varsity sports teams at Calvin
Calvin’s varsity teams earned 12 MIAA championship titles in 2012–13
Calvin’s rank among all NCAA colleges and universities for number of Academic-All American athletes
of students participate in intramural sports on campus
intramural sports teams and group fitness offerings available to students each year
Calvin is an NCAA Division III school with 21 varsity athletic teams. As a D3 school, coaches recruit athletes who will thrive in both the academic and athletic setting. The Calvin Knights compete at a high level, in 2013–13 earning twelve conference (MIAA) championships.
In Their Own Words
I think anybody that knows [Calvin volleyball] knows that we kind of look at the winning as the extra icing on the cake, and it’s the inner workings of our team that really make our program special.” Amber Warners, Faculty
Intramurals and club sports
Calvin’s intramural program is one of the most popular ways to get involved on campus. Club sports offer competitive athletic opportunities outside the NCAA.
- Intramural and group fitness options
- Floor hockey
- Sand volleyball
- Trail running
- 5x5 basketball
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Road cycling
- Arena football
- Club sport options
- Calvin Equestrian Club
- Calvin Ice Hockey
- Calvin Break Dancing Club
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Calvin Rugby Union
Discipling athletes, growing leaders
More than 300 Calvin athletes have participated in the Gainey Leadership Retreat.
We Are Calvin: Melissa Darusz
Kinesiology and sports management major Melissa Darusz spent one summer interning with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Equestrian Club’s complex mission
Calvin students build community through education, competition and volunteering.
Outdoor recreation options
College life admittedly involves a lot of indoor time, so mix it up a bit and head to the great outdoors. Calvin has you covered with incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. From epic travels abroad to adventure-filled weekend getaways, you’ll have the time of your life.
- Outdoor courses
Take courses in climbing, backpacking, road cycling, canoeing, sea kayaking, fly fishing, downhill skiing and snowboarding. Learn more.
- Gear rental
Check out Calvin’s low-cost gear rental for your outdoor recreation pursuits. Learn more.
- Adventure grant
Apply for an adventure grant for outdoor recreation trips you plan with friends. Learn more.
- Weekend trips
Sign up for weekend hiking, climbing, kayaking and cycling trips. Learn more.
- Interim abroad
Take January interim (three-week) courses that travel to Costa Rica, Panama, the Florida Everglades, the Grand Canyon and Australia (road cycling). Learn more.
- Wilderness First Responder Certification
Get your Wilderness First Responder Certification. Learn more.
- Wilderness Orientation
Complete Passport orientation by going on an adventure trip with other first-year students. Learn more.