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Staying active at Carolina

A competitive outlet

Carolina varsity athletes aren’t the only ones competing in Chapel Hill.

Thousands of Tar Heels find plenty of ways to stay active through student groups, Campus Recreation’s Sport Clubs program and intramural sports. With a variety of teams, ranging from quidditch to tennis to wallyball to flag football, it’s easy to find a sport that is a good fit for you. 

A woman playing volleyball

Spinning, hiking and splashing

Make a splash, run the field, lift your PR — and find your place to play.

 Work out in Carolina’s fully-equipped fitness and aquatic centers, fly through the air on the zip line or canoe on Kerr Lake. Campus Recreation boasts 16 facilities that help Tar Heels to stay active by hiking, cycling, weight training and more.

Women do yoga.

Campus recreation

Engage in some serious fun. Campus Recreation welcomes students, faculty, staff and family members of all ability levels to enjoy inclusive social and physical activities including personal fitness, outdoor education, and intramural and club sports.

  • 6,000students, faculty and staff play intramural sports
  • 50Sport Clubs teams
  • 1,500Sport Clubs athletes
  • 26national championships won by Sport Clubs teams
  • 19Carolina Adventures expeditions this semester
  • 16Campus Recreation facilities

Get involved

  • A collage of students playing sports.

    Competing for Carolina

    Through student groups and Campus Recreation's Sport Clubs program, thousands of students compete in Carolina blue on the weekends.

  • Men play basketball

    A community of athletes

    With competitions ranging from flag football and volleyball to wallyball and cornhole, the intramural sports program provides structured leagues for the entire Carolina community. Each semester, the program hosts more than a dozen co-ed leagues and tournaments.

  • Students huddle for a cheer.

    Special Olympics athletes and Carolina students team up

    Unified Sports is a Special Olympics program that brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same teams. Here at Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill students can compete alongside Special Olympics athletes in flag football and kickball through Campus Recreation.