When you walk into Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, you know it’s a special place. The pep band is playing. Your classmates are in costumes or candy stripes. You find your seat in the nation’s largest student section, cheer as the starters are introduced, and see the five national championship banners above the baseline. Game on!
IU Bloomington’s athletics are championship caliber, just like IU fans
A good time to be a Hoosier
Fans of IU Athletics have a lot to cheer about. The football team has played in multiple bowl games. The women's basketball team was ranked in the top 10 in the 2022–2023 season. Men’s basketball has a total of 5 National Championships. In 2022, for the 16th time in program history, the men's soccer team made it to NCAA championship game. The baseball team won the Big Ten Championship in 2019. Add in our swimming and diving squads, perennially among the nation’s best, and you have the Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team.
24men’s and women’s varsity sports, most of which you can see for free
55+club and intramural sports, from basketball to Quidditch
As an IU student, Indiana native Lilly King turned Olympic aspirations into realities. This Hoosier set American records in both her 2016 NCAA title swims, set an Olympic record at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and brought home two Olympic gold medals. As an alum, Lily won 5 Olympic medals in the 2020 Tokyo games.
Sports and fitness for all
Not an NCAA-caliber student-athlete? No worries. Satisfy your competitive urges, try new sports, participate in group exercise sessions, or work out on your own through IU Recreational Sports. It’s one of the ways IU cares for the whole student—and if you’re enrolled in classes, you’re automatically a member.
Explore IU’s traditions, spirit, and recreation
Start at Welcome Week, which takes place before the fall semester. Attend the Traditions and Spirit of IU pep rally—where you’ll learn the fight song—and try out our recreational sports at RecFest.