Softball player slides into home plate

Athletics at Grinnell

Focus, drive, and determination.

At Grinnell, students across every sport fully commit and bring their all to every challenge – whether in NCAA Division III basketball or football. No matter the team, you'll be surrounded by fellow athletes and supported by experienced varsity coaches who are daring, dynamic, and dedicated to the game.

Explore the Athletics Site

Grinnell Women's Basketball team
True Grinnellians are always looking for the next best move, strategy, or play - on the court or in the classroom.


Grinnell runner on track

Challenging the status quo

Compete alongside your peers, knowing that together, you embody the spirit of Grinnell - continuously improving and building on your training, and always setting the bar high.

Grinnell men's basketball team celebrates

Uplifted by your community

The support of your coaches and our greater community is unmatched. Fans and peers will cheer you on with the same encouraging energy that makes Grinnell, Grinnell.

Meet the athletes.

Game-changers on and off the field, athletes at Grinnell never sit back when there’s work to be done. Let’s meet some of the players.

  • Emma Schaefer with cross country coach Sarah Burnell

    Student Stories

    Emma Schaefer ’23

    From that first raised hand in a Shakespeare audit to hands raised in celebration after qualifying for the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship, Emma has been a true Grinnellian from the beginning. But a meaningful story is rarely straightforward, and every good storyteller must be ready to do the unexpected.

Spencer Clark in swim jacket held up by a friend

Spencer Clark ’23

Initially drawn to Grinnell for a personalized, nerdy college experience, Spencer found an instantly welcoming group of supportive friends (and Dungeons and Dragons games) on the swim team.

Seth Bartusek pitching in a baseball game

Seth Bartusek ’22

“You automatically have a support group of friends that become family.” See how being a part of the baseball rounded out Seth's Grinnell experience.

Ben Brim stands in front of pool

Ben Brim ’23

Ben came to Grinnell to continue his competitive swimming career, and he joined the water polo club team to try something new and make even more friends. Follow his path to finding his place with Grinnell athletics.

Interested in joining the team?

Select the sport you're interested in and tell us a little bit about yourself.

Check out our state-of-the-art athletic facilities

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