Sports & Recreation

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Whitewater rafting, climbing, hiking, kayaking, skiing, hang-gliding...

We're an active, fit college—more than half of Roanoke students participate in athletic and outdoor activities.

Varsity Sports 

Roanoke College is a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Maroons are consistently near the top of the conference. We offer baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. 

Club Sports 

Club Sports are officially recognized student organizations that compete against other colleges in their respective conferences. We offer baseball, bass fishing, golf, men's lacrosse, men's rugby, men's soccer, women's soccer, riding and ultimate frisbee.


Intramurals are a great way to play the sports you love while staying in shape and building lasting friendships. Any current student, faculty or staff member of Roanoke College can play. 

Outdoor Adventures 

The Outdoor Adventures program runs outdoor excursions throughout the year, including hiking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, hang gliding, whitewater rafting, skiing and snowboarding. Learn more.

Spirit Team

The spirit team includes several different groups that cheer on and support our Maroon athletic teams including the cheerleading team, the dance team and our mascot Rooney.


The Belk Fitness Center is open to the entire college community and houses a large aerobic area, free weights and Hammer Strength equipment.

Group Fitness

Group Fitness is a great way to become more physically fit while exercising in a group environment. We offer group fitness classes such as Boot Camp, Yoga, Zumba and Insanity.


The pool is located in Alumni Gym and offers regular open swim hours. We offer kayak roll clinics and scuba classes. All Roanoke students have a free membership to the Salem Family YMCA, which has two pools, including a 25-yard heated lap pool. It's located on the nearby Elizabeth Campus, just a short walk from campus.


An extensive Game Room is located on the lower level of the Colket Center, where you can shoot pool and play table tennis or the latest video games. Tournaments are hosted during the year, including billiards and ping pong as well as Madden, NHL, NBA2K and FIFA.