Fly like an eagle, or come cheer them on

Contrary to popular belief, Emory has a sports community. There’s no better way to get to know your classmates, support other Eagles, and demonstrate school spirit than to get involved in sports at Emory University. Whether you plan on sitting in the stands at games, immersing yourself in the Atlanta sports scene, or just venting after a stressful day in progress, Emory has a sports community to meet your needs.

WoodPEC training

The Woodruff Physical Education Center, better known as WoodPEC, is the heart of Emory Sports. Any student interested in staying active can find an area of ​​the building that suits their level of experience, intensity, and interests.

The top floor of WoodPEC houses a traditional training center with weightlifting equipment and cardio machines, as well as ancillary basketball and tennis courts. Just one level lower on the third floor is the entrance to the 200 meter elevated indoor track. As you pass by the studios on the second floor, it is common to see students participant in fitness classes and club rehearsals that cover everything from yoga and zumba to martial arts and breakdancing. The main basketball courts, swimming pool, climbing wall and table tennis tables are on the ground floor. Truly, WoodPEC has something for everyone, and its staff provides plenty of opportunities for students to use and explore all of the facilities.

Many students also hold part-time jobs at WoodPEC as attendants at aquatic and fitness centers and customer service counters.

See varsity sports at Emory

Don’t be fooled by the satirical “Emory football” shirts students proudly wear on campus: Emory does not, in fact, have a football team. However, student-athletes from Emory’s ten different varsity sports regularly put on school-spirited performances. Just last year, the baseball, male basketballmen and women Golf and men and women swimming and diving teams were crowned University Athletic Association (UAA) champions, while both swimming and diving men and female golf teams have won national titles.

Several Eagles have achieved exceptional individual results: sophomore golfer on the rise Ellen Dong secured itself an individual national title, while the athletics, swimming and diving teams had athletes who bring Division III Nationals home hardware store.

The first varsity contest of the 2022-23 season will take place Sept. 1, when the women’s volleyball team takes on LaGrange College (Ga.) at 7 p.m. at WoodPEC.

Emory sports banners hang from WoodPEC. (Ally Hom/Emory Wheel)

Emory Club Sports Champion

Obtain involved in club or intramural sport is an easy way for early years to immediately reunite with a group of friends. Emory offers a wide variety of student-run sports teams at varying levels of intensity for students to choose from. For those who already have experience in competitive sports and want to test their mettle against other schools, club sports is the way to go. Those looking for a more relaxed environment should explore intramural, which involves structured play between Emory students.

The sports available range from as traditional as basketball and soccer to niche ones like water polo and badminton. Club fencing has exploded popularity in recent years and counts former Olympian Terrence Lasker among its coaches. Whether you want to continue playing the sport you played in high school or try a new one, Emory students have the option to take either path. First-years can explore those opportunities at Emory Athletics’ “Rec the Night” an event August 21 at 8:30 p.m. at WoodPEC.

Atlanta Sports

In other words, Atlanta is a sports city. Its latest claim to fame is hosting the 2021 World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves, who are currently hold second place in their division. If baseball isn’t your thing, take your pick from the other professional teams. The Hawks (NBA) and Dream (WNBA) will delight all basketball enthusiasts, Atlanta United FC to boast MLS’s most dedicated fanbase and the Falcons are the main attraction every Sunday of the football season at downtown’s state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz Stadium.

To easily take advantage of Atlanta’s sports scene, keep an eye out for raffles and weekend experience shuttles that Emory typically hosts for select Hawks games throughout the season. Additionally, the Georgia Institute of Technology offers Division I sports and is only a short bus or car ride away, with student tickets sold at much cheaper prices. Because they belong to one of the most competitive Division I sports conferences, Georgia Tech athletes regularly compete against some of the biggest hitters in college sports such as Duke University (NC), Notre Dame University (Ind.) and the University of Miami. (Florida.).

Lecture series

Atlanta’s sporting reputation is not limited to today’s accolades. The region also has a rich sporting history, in part due to the radical change in its cultural and political landscape over the past two centuries. Consequently, Emory has had the opportunity to host lectures and lecture series with high profile personalities from across the sports world to discuss the intersection of athletics with race, gender, sexuality, politics, religion and more.

tennis legend Billie Jean KingMuhammad Ali’s wife Dr Kalilah AliESPN sports journalists Howard Bryant and William C. Rhoden and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Elle Duncan are just a few notable guests of the past two years. Even former Emory swimmer and diver Andrew Wilson (17C), the first Division III swimmer to qualify for the Olympics, paid a visit to campus after his gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

write for sports

Writing for any section of the wheel gives you the opportunity to flex your literary muscles and dive headfirst into journalism, but the sports section is particularly suitable for writers already connected to the world of sports. It’s possible to interview some of your classmates beyond the classroom and even cover events for Atlanta’s pro teams. If you find yourself secretly scrolling through ESPN when you’re bored in class or can’t study without playing a game in the background, then come write for Sports – you’ll fit right in.

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