Triumph Here

From NCAA Division III Warhawk athletics to our club and intramural teams, Warhawks know how to have fun competing in sports — and how to win.

Our exceptional facilities are home to student-athletes of every level — from those who want to go up against the best in the nation, to students who have a passion for playing sports and want to join a pickup game.

UW-Whitewater is rich in athletic history, from the game day experience to our purple traditions.

Why play sports at UW-Whitewater?

From intercollegiate athletics to championship-caliber club teams, UW-Whitewater is nationally renowned as a sports powerhouse with a deep commitment to the success of student-athletes both on and off the field.


Intercollegiate athletics

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Proudly supporting 20 intercollegiate athletic teams, UW-Whitewater competes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) and Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since the advent of the Directors’ Cup in 1995, which measures the overall competitive success of intercollegiate athletic programs on a national level, UW-Whitewater has finished in the top 15 ranking of all Division III programs 13 times.

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Club sports

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From Aikido to Water Polo, and everything in between, UW-Whitewater offers more than 30 club sport teams. Depending on the club, teams may travel, host events on campus and compete for state, regional and national championships.

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Intramural sports

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If you’re looking to stay active, learn about new sports, and experience the camaraderie of a team, intramural sports are great options. When it comes to intramurals, our goal is "a sport for everyone and everyone in a sport!" Intramurals include individual, dual and team activities for male, female and co-ed participants.

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Wheelchair basketball

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With a combined 16 national championships, the Warhawk men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams welcome students from all over the world and are among the best athletes in the sport. Our students, alumni and coaches play internationally and have won many Paralympic medals — gold, silver and bronze.

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Win conference and national championships

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Win Paralympic medals

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Give back to their communities through service projects

Focus on student development and success

Academic achievement

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At UW-Whitewater, student success is paramount, and that means achieving on the playing field and in the classroom. Our coaches and faculty prioritize student learning and academic endeavors. Many of our Warhawks are named Chancellor’s Scholar-Athletes or earn national Academic All-America honors.


Modern facilities

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Supported by a proud fan base that “bleeds purple,” the Warhawks compete and train in first-class facilities that have hosted both WIAC and NCAA tournament play.

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Sports performance

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Whether it’s physical or mental conditioning, our science-based programs are led by caring experts who help student-athletes reach their maximum potential in a safe environment.

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Best football game day experience in Division III

Pack the Perk

From purple-clad tailgaters to cannon blasts that punctuate Warhawk touchdowns, the game day atmosphere at Perkins Stadium is electric. It makes for a strong home-field advantage.



UW-Whitewater fans love their Warhawks. Our football team led NCAA Division III in attendance during the 2021 season, drawing nearly 70,000 fans to Perkins Stadium for home games. That figure is nearly 18,000 more fans than its closest peer. UW-Whitewater has finished among the top 10 in the nation in attendance in each of the last 15 seasons.


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Warhawk Strut

The UW-Whitewater Marching Band, known as “Wisconsin’s Finest” helps all Warhawks celebrate their teams on the court and on the field with the “Warhawk Strut” and other traditions.

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