Sports and recreation at Saint Mary’s College—which includes NCAA Division III athletics, club sports, outdoor recreation, and physical education classes—helps students, faculty, staff, and community members be more active and achieve a healthier lifestyle.


NCAA Division III Athletics

Varsity athletics are a strong part of the Saint Mary’s identity. Student-athletes compete in eight division III sports, as part of the MIAA conference: soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, tennis, golf, basketball, and cross country.

Belles Athletics

Club Sports

Get up and get involved. Club sports are a great chance to be part of our active community. Club sports are jointly regulated and organized by the Saint Mary's Office of Student Involvement and Athletic Department. Each club has a student president of the club and an advisor. Saint Mary's club sports are also open to Notre Dame and Holy Cross students depending on the sport's specific rules and guidelines.

Cheerleading, Dance, Cycling, Sailing, Ski, and Volleyball. Our list of club sports often changes, providing students an opportunity to join in the fun based on their intersecting interests.

Looking for an opportunity not listed? Check out the club sports available to Saint Mary's students at Notre Dame


Game-winning plays. Buzzer-beating baskets. Bragging rights among Belles. You can do all these things in Intramurals (IMs). IMs offer leagues, tournaments, and single-day events in a variety of sports and activities. Play in the evenings with Saint Mary’s students- it's the ultimate study break. Plus, each session has a championship week where the winners earn championship t-shirts.

Kristine Anderson Trustey Student Wellness Program

The Student Wellness Program is designed for the student body and will help our students to develop a lifelong appreciation of one’s mind, body, and spiritual, emotional and financial well-being through fitness offerings and developing healthy habits. The Student Wellness Program was made possible by Kristine Anderson Trustey, class of 1986, who has a passion for wellness. She has made it a goal that the students of Saint Mary’s College have access to wellness programming related to managing stress, anxiety, depression, and fostering a healthy lifestyle. 

Physical Education Classes

Spin, yoga, WERQ. Saint Mary’s College offers an abundance of classes for students each week in the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex. Students can register for PE classes and take them for credit (.05) or audit. You may also participate as a walk-in to any class.

Outdoor Winter Activities

Our location in northern Indiana means winter weather is inevitable. But we don’t let that stop us from enjoying outdoor activities. It’s common to see people cross country ski across campus, and take winter walks. We also have several pairs of snowshoes and trekking poles available for check out and use by students, faculty, and staff. There is no cost to check out snowshoes for an outdoor adventure. 

The Facilities

Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex

The Angela Athletic & Wellness Center was built in 1977 and renovated in 2018. The 103,000-square-foot complex is dedicated to students' holistic health and home to our DIII athletic teams. Here are some of its features:

  • A three-court field house for varsity team and club sports practices, intramurals, and other student activities
  • An elevated track
  • Dedicated spaces for yoga, pilates, spinning, and other fitness classes
  • A cafe and social area for meeting with friends
  • The Health and Counseling Center

Purcell Athletic Fields

These renovated athletic fields opened in the fall of 2016 and include soccer, softball, and lacrosse fields, lighting for night games, a concession stand, bathrooms, and a gateway linking the fields to Angela across the street. Patti Wiedner Purcell is a 1969 Saint Mary’s graduate and former member of the Board of Trustees. Patti and her husband, Paul, are the lead benefactors of the athletic fields.