Students show their spirit as they support the Golden Flashes during football action against Ball State on Homecoming weekend.



In 1920 the first Kent State University athletics team played. The sport was football. The “field band” was there and played in the stands. From then until now, the Kent State community brings that Golden Flashes pride to every game and every team that plays for Kent State.


“Flash” the Golden Eagle


Navy Blue and Gold


NCAA Division I
Mid-American Conference
(East Division)


9 Women's
7 Men's


Intercollegiate Sports

A female student athlete is jumping over a hurdle.

Kent State University’s athletics program includes baseball, basketball (women’s), basketball (men’s), cross country, field hockey, football, golf (women’s), golf (men’s), gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball, wrestling. Kent State University has developed state-of-the-art facilities to support our student athletes.

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Recreation & Wellness

A female swimmer practices her stroke in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center lap pool.

Do you love to play recreational sports and stay fit? The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) offers you state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities to play for enjoyment and to improve your game. The SRWC has aquatics programs, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis, outdoor sand volleyball, indoor climbing walls, an indoor track and a packed schedule of fitness, dance and other classes.

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Club Sports

A group of male students play a game of frisbee on the lawn outside of Tri Towers.

Club sports are formed by students with a common interest and desire to participate in a specific sport or activity, from competitive sports like ultimate frisbee, to recreational clubs, like badminton and fencing.

See the Available Club Sports

Intramural Sports & Community Leagues

A male student is gripping a rugby ball as he runs with his fellow teammates.

Kent State students, faculty, staff and their spouses can get involved recreational sports, programs, and/or activities in which participants compete as teams or as individuals against other Kent State University intramural teams or individuals.

Find Out More About Intramurals

Ice Arena

A hockey player positions his hockey stick to hit a puck on the ground as they skate across the ice at the Kent State Ice Arena.

At Kent State, it’s always the perfect time for ice skating! Kent State’s own Ice Arena offers public skating, skating lessons, hockey programs, broomball and more.

Learn More About the Ice Arena