FAU PROFILE: Athletics

Few things have more power to unite students than standing shoulder to shoulder at a game cheering the FAU Owls on to victory. Over the years, Florida Atlantic athletic teams have won more than 20 conference championships. Athletic success includes an NCAA Division I-Bowl Division football team that has won two bowl games in just eight years of play, while the softball team has captured 10 conference titles in the past 12 years. FAU’s 450 student-athletes play on 18 NCAA Division I sports in the Sun Belt Conference, with the exception of the men’s soccer team, which is a member of the Mid American Conference.

Men’s sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, spirit, swimming and tennis. Women’s sports are basketball, cheer, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and volleyball.

Plans are in motion to build a 30,000-seat football stadium on the Boca Raton campus as the centerpiece of Innovation Village — a unique living, learning and retail space. The Boca Raton campus central Breezeway will serve as the gateway to Innovation Village. Two important neighboring projects, the student Recreation & Fitness Center and the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, have already opened.

FAU’s Campus Recreation Department enhances the quality of life of the FAU community by encouraging active and balanced lifestyles as well as student learning through participation in its programs, services and facilities. A new Recreation & Fitness Center opened in January 2009 on the Boca Raton campus, dramatically expanding the recreational resources available to the University community. An expansion of this new facility is already under way and slated to open next year. In the first six months of operation, 7,000 students used the center. Intramural sports are a major activity at FAU, attracting nearly 2,500 participants during the 2008-09 academic year, a 20% increase over the previous year. Campus Recreation at the Boca Raton campus offered nearly 9,000 hours of group fitness classes through more than 500 classes in yoga, Pilates, Latin dance, hip hop fitness and body sculpting.

The University supports a number of club sports. The men’s rugby club continues to be one of the most successful clubs, competing in the sport's national tournament. The paintball club, formed in fall 2008, also competed at the national level. New clubs established over the last year include kiteboarding, men’s and women’s lacrosse, triathlon and skydiving. Existing clubs include badminton, jiu jitsu, dive, sailing, surf, tae kwon do and ultimate Frisbee.

FAU's partner campuses also offer recreation facilities, intramural leagues, fitness classes, tournaments, clubs and activities. The University sponsors an annual triathlon and hosts charitable walks and fun runs. The Jupiter campus is the site of a disc golf course. There are also health and wellness centers at our largest campuses, providing and supporting healthy lifestyle choices for the University community.

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