SPORT AT HARVARD
Harvard is well-known for its academic prowess, which often overshadows the prominence that athletics plays at the school. Harvard boasts 41 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams – the most of any Division I school in the country. You probably wouldn’t have even guessed that in a trivia game! However, it’s important to note for all you athletically gifted individuals out there, that Harvard does not offer any athletic scholarships. As noted earlier and mentioned later in this book, though, there are plenty of financial assistance programs available. When you are accepted to Harvard, the university makes certain that you can afford to attend.
A Simple Game Of Genius
The biggest sporting event is the annual football game between Harvard and Yale dubbed, “The Game” The teams first met on the football field in 1875 and Harvard won 4-0 in front of a crowd of 150 students and staff members. In 1968 actor Tommy Lee Jones starred as Harvard mounted a memorable comeback.
The rivalry between Harvard and Yale actually began over 20 year before ‘The Game’ when the two schools met in the Harvard-Yale Regatta. This annual event is held on the Thames River every June. The rivalry between Yale and Harvard is special and when you’re a student at Harvard, you feel the pride with every step you take on campus.
No matter what sporting event occurs, when it’s against Yale, electricity is in the air. Harvard and Yale are rivals and have been throughout history. Each contest is intense and the season always comes to a head during the annual football meeting. Tickets to the events usually sell out quickly and unless you are a student, it may be difficult to find a seat – especially during football season.
Today, Harvard is no longer a football powerhouse, but competes well in men’s ice hockey, rowing, fencing and squash.
The crew team is perhaps one of the most famous sports teams at Harvard and is also one of the most popular sports here. There is a Heavyweight Crew team and a Lightweight Crew team, both of which have experienced award-winning seasons year after year. The Heavyweight team recently won the Championship Eights race for the first time in 34 years during the 2011 Head of the Charles Regatta. This memorable event occurs annually at Newell and Weld Boathouses.
Its crew team is important to its culture. In fact, Harvard has had a representative of its crew team at every Olympics since 1936!
Another popular sports team at Harvard is men’s fencing. The first fencing club was formed at Harvard in 1888 and is recognized as being the oldest organized fencing team in the country. The fencing team has won championship after championship and its success has carried into the 21st century.