Intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and recreation for the students, staff and faculty are the primary programs of the UMass Boston Department of Athletics. The department offers 16 varsity sports and is a member of the NCAA's Division III. UMass Boston has teams competing in the ECAC, the Little East Conference and ECAC East Ice Hockey. The Beacons have been named All-Americans 93 times in seven sports. The Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field teams have an outstanding record of achievement, including four NCAA Team Championships and 38 individual NCAA Championships.
Another program is the department's service to the community. Whether it's complimentary use of the University's athletic facilities, coaches' and student athletes' sports clinics for youth groups or holiday visits to area hospitals, UMass Boston Athletics is in the forefront of serving area neighborhoods and communities throughout the state.
More than 150 school, charitable, government, and private organizations use UMass Boston athletic facilities each year at little or no cost. Nearly 50,000 people visit our athletic facilities each year, as participants or spectators. UMass Boston's indoor and outdoor athletic facilities are in use by visitors for over 2100 hours each year.
In 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 the National Consortium for Academics and Sports named the Department of Athletics at UMass Boston as # 1 in the country for community service. The Department is also recognized as a leader in community service by NADIIIAA-Jostens Community Service.