If you have ever watched or attended a game put on by a college, you are familiar with varsity college teams. In addition to funding from the school, varsity teams receive funding and gear from sponsors such as Nike and Adidas. To be part of a varsity team one must be recruited or try out and be selected as a walk-on. Varsity athletes may receive athletic scholarships for their time and energy commitment to the team. They compete against universities in their conference and travel across the country for competitions. Although being a part of a varsity team is more time consuming, these athletes also receive additional benefits, including proper gear and athletic care by trainers and medical staff to keep their bodies healthy. Varsity athletes also receive specialized academic help in order to succeed in both the classroom and athletics.
Collegiate sports at many U.S. colleges may look different for Fall 2020. Check your school’s website for updates. After describing the many ways one can remain active in collegiate sports it is important for each individual to compare the pros and cons of each to find the best athletic opportunity for them. While competing at the varsity level may not be available to everyone there are still multiple ways to continue competing in sports in college. Participation in any of the opportunities listed will provide college students the chance to make new friends, be physically active, and become involved on campus.