Sewanee's athletic program emphasizes physical education, intramurals, and intercollegiate competition. Sewanee is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a member of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). While the college does not offer athletic scholarships, its intercollegiate program offers many opportunities for keen competition.
The athletic program for men includes intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, lacrosse, and track & field. Varsity intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track & field, lacrosse, and volleyball. Club sports are also offered — bicycling, cricket, fencing, rugby, ski, crew, and canoe teams.
In addition to the intercollegiate programs, the athletic department promotes club and intramural competition for men and women in a number of sports and offers a wide range of activities for its physical education classes. More than seventy percent of the student body participates in the athletic program at either the intercollegiate or intramural level.
The Robert Dobbs Fowler Sport and Fitness Center (commonly called the Fowler Center) includes a nine-track pool with diving well, an indoor track with field event areas, multipurpose volleyball and basketball courts, batting cage, 1,000-seat performance gym, racquetball courts, squash court, indoor bouldering wall (60' long x 12' high), training rooms and machines, locker rooms, dance studios, indoor tennis courts, and a classroom.
The University offers a riding program for all experience levels. The Equestrian Center facilities include a thirty-two-stall school horse barn, a sixteen-stall boarder barn, a 100' by 250' indoor riding arena with Perma-flex® and sand footing, two outdoor riding arenas with all-weather footing, thirty acres of pasture and individual paddocks.
Hunter seat instruction is offered from beginning to advanced levels for Physical Education credit each semester. Clinics with guest instructors are offered each year to program participants and student riders are invited to join in a number of horse show options on or off campus. The Sewanee Equestrian Team is a coeducational varsity sport that enjoys a national reputation as a member college of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
The Equestrian Program owns twnety-nine horses that have been donated to the University. Boarding for students is available. Riders who wish to board their own horse at the Equestrian Center must complete the application process annually through the Director of Riding.