Club sports have been in existence at Brown since the early 19th century. Club sports continue to have a long-standing tradition of encouraging student development and providing leadership opportunities.
A club sport at Brown University is a student organization derived by and sustained through the interest and leadership of students, working in accordance with policies established by the Department of Athletics. Though competition is not mandatory at Brown, many teams are highly competitive. Each year, Brown has participated in regional and national tournaments, with some taking home national championships and Top Five finishes.
Club sports at Brown aim to seamlessly integrate education and athletics. The philosophy is to promote and advance healthy lifestyle choices through participation opportunities, educational experiences and supportive services.
Through the Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative, Brown will put more resources into its club sports and build a stronger club sports program. Operating funds made available with the reduction in varsity teams will be allocated strategically within the Department of Athletics.