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IMAGE: A Kent State basketball player leaps past his Akron opponents to capture the ball.
A Kent State basketball player leaps past his Akron opponents to capture the ball.

Sports and Athletics at Kent State

Golden Flashes Pride

In 1920 the first Kent State University athletics team played. The sport was football. The “field band” was there and played in the stands. From then until now the Kent State community brings that Golden Flashes pride to every game and every team that plays for Kent State.

Kent State University’s athletics program includes baseball, basketball (women’s), basketball (men’s), cross country, field hockey, football, golf (women’s), golf (men’s), gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball, wrestling. Kent State University has developed state-of-the-art facilities to support our student athletes: indoor and outdoor track and field facilities, gymnastics center, baseball stadium, convocation center, golf learning facility, soccer and softball fields, and many more.

Do you love to play recreational sports and stay fit? The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) offers you the facilities and opportunities to play for enjoyment and improve your game. The SRWC has intramural programs, aquatics programs, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis, outdoor sand volleyball, indoor climbing walls, an indoor track and a packed schedule of fitness, dance and other classes.

Athletics FLASHfacts

  • Our Mascot: “Flash” the Golden Eagle
  • Our Colors: Navy blue and gold
  • Our Affiliation: NCAA Division I
  • Our Conference: Mid-American (East Division)
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