Athletics and Recreation

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More than half a century ago, AU was one of the first in its conference to award athletic scholarships to African American athletes and today offers a variety of athletic and academic opportunities for our diverse population. It is a vital, vibrant part of the university's culture housed in 3,040 seat Bender Arena in the center of campus.

Athletics and Recreation is influential in attracting and retaining quality students and staff and remains focused on upgrading and providing facilities and programs that promote lifelong health, fitness and wellness.

Men's Basketball Team with trophy, photo by Jeff Watts.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation's accomplishments are a consistent source of pride, spirit, and well-being for the entire university community. This is evidenced by:

  • 67 Patriot League Championships;
  • 38 NCAA team and individual appearances;
  • 32 All-America selections;
  • 36 League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards; and
  • 25 Academic All-America selections the department has claimed over the last eight years.

The Eagles compete in 16 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports for women and men and sponsor many club and intramural opportunities and programs that support the personal health and fitness of everyone on campus. AU has enjoyed a great deal of recent success, highlighted by runs to the NCAA tournament by the volleyball, field hockey, and men's basketball teams in the 2013-2014 season.

Student-Athlete Achievements

AU's program is driven by its comprehensive success across its many teams and by the record-setting academic achievements of its student-athletes.

In the 2012-2013 season alone, the Eagles boasted the following accomplishments:

  • 4 teams finished with a GPA of 3.4 or higher (women's lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, and women's soccer)
  • 5 Eagles were named Regional Academic All-Americans
  • 22 earned Academic All-Patriot League selections
  • Women's lacrosse earned a combined GPA of 3.6, the highest amongst NCAA Division 1 women's lacrosse teams
  • Mens’ swimming and diving was recognized for earning the third-highest team GPA in the country (behind only Harvard and Yale)

Success Story

Alumni Award Winner Rallies
Brothers, Raises Funds

2008 Alumni Recognition Award winner, Ronald Boots Nissenbaum, KSB/BS '68, has a long history of bringing people together and rallying them for a good cause.

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