Whittier College scholar-athletes play for the love of the game. The NCAA Division III Poet athletic program is designed to give students the opportunity to compete intensely while being challenged in a rigorous academic setting. Every season, Poet athletes are celebrated for their athletic victories on the field as well as their impressive academic achievements in the classroom. Scholar-athletes also fully participate in co-curricular and leadership opportunities offered at Whittier. With a combined 22 men’s and women’s teams and more than one-third of Whittier’s student population representing the Purple & Gold, Whittier Athletics’ positive impact on campus is palpable. Not surprisingly, athletic facilities have seen enhancements over the last few years—new turf on the football field in Memorial Stadium, resurfaced Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts, a new dugout and scoreboard on the baseball field, and aesthetic additions to the Charles and Marie Palmer Softball Field, and most notably the renovation of the Lillian Slade Aquatics Center and the entry into the Graham Athletic Center. Intramural Sports From club rugby and indoor basketball to flag football and inner tube water polo -- intramural sports are a fun way to get active, make friends, and have fun. About two-thirds of Whittier students play some form of intramural sports. All students and staff are eligible to participate and almost all intramurals are co-ed.