In 1920 the first athletics team played. The sport was football. The “field band” was there and played in the stands. Women’s sports always had a place at Kent State and were recognized as NCAA program in 1984. The Kent State currently supports 19 Division I intercollegiate teams competing within the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Kent State provides a robust club sport and intramurals and recreation and wellness program for its entire campus community.

19 varsity athletic teams at the Division 1 level
Over 2,000 programs offered at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center annually
6,327 capacity at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center

Varsity Sports

  • Varsity Teams

    Varsity Teams

    ’s athletics program includes 19 varsity teams - 8 men’s and 11 women’s teams.

  • Purchase Tickets

    Purchase Tickets

    Tickets are required for eight varsity programs. However, students get in free to regular season home games.

  • Buy Kent State Gear

    Buy Kent State Gear

    Show off your Golden Flashes pride with Kent State gear available through the University Bookstore.

  • Athletics Event Calendar

    Athletics Event Calendar

    Support the Golden Flashes by attending a game. Find the schedule.

Campus Sports and Well-being

  • Recreation & Wellness

    Recreation & Wellness

    Do you love to play recreational sports and stay fit? Check out the SRWC offerings.

  • Intramurals & Community Leagues

    Intramurals & Community Leagues

    ​​​​​​Open to students, faculty, staff and their spouses. Options for teams and individuals.

  • Club Sports

    Club Sports

    ​​​​​​Club sports are formed by students with common interests. See current options.

  • Ice Arena

    Ice Arena

    At Kent State, it’s always the perfect time for ice skating, hockey, broomball and more.