Athletics

Intercollegiate athletics is a big part of the Hope College experience, both for student-athletes and the overall student body.

Hope fields athletic teams in 20 sports, ten for men and ten for women.

Sports offered to men include cross country, football, golf and soccer in the fall, basketball and swimming and diving in the winter, and baseball, lacrosse, tennis and track and field in the spring.

Sports offered to women include cross country, golf, soccer and volleyball in the fall, basketball, and swimming and diving in the winter, and lacrosse, softball, tennis, and track and field in the spring.

The college offers its student-athletes outstanding facilities for practice and competition. Several new facilities have been constructed over the past decade!

Hope is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In 2011-12 Hope athletes and/or teams competed in 11 NCAA championships. Hope venues are frequently the site for regional and national NCAA championship events.

Hope is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), America's oldest collegiate conference, since 1926. The MIAA is a nine-member conference consisting of schools in Michigan and Indiana.  Hope has claimed the MIAA Commissioner's Cup for the best cumulative athletic program more than any other member school. Hope won the Cup in 2011-12 for a 12th consecutive year.

Hope's student cheering section, The Dew Crew, is recognized as among the most enthusiastic among all small colleges. Hundreds of students turn out for athletic contests to cheer the Flying Dutch and Flying Dutchmen. Hope's new fieldhouse was especially designed to serve the student cheering section.

Athletic opportunities go beyond the intercollegiate experience. Hope offers several club sports that compete on a regional and national level, including ice hockey, rugby, sailing and ultimate frisbee. There is also an extensive intramural program that involves more than half of the student body.