About Athletics and Recreation

Mission Statement

History and Tradition

Welcome to the Division of Athletics, Recreation, Special Programs and Projects. We provide services to enhance the student experience at UMass Boston and promote the university's engagement beyond campus. Our Department of Athletics sponsors 18 varsity teams: nine for men and nine for women.

In addition, we offer intramural and recreational programs for students, staff, and faculty. UMass Boston is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. We compete in the Little East Conference and the New England Hockey Conference.

Beacons team members have been named All-Americans over 150 times in 12 different sports. In addition, our women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams have won six NCAA Team Championships and over 50 individual championships. Since 2010 the Beacons have won three NCAA Regional titles in volleyball (2010, 2012, 2013) and two regional crowns in baseball (2010, 2017).  

Our men's soccer team three straight conference titles (2014, 2015, 2016), while our men's and women's ice hockey teams both won their first conference crowns on the same day in 2016.  The men's hockey team also advanced to their first-ever NCAA Tournament "Frozen Four" in their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.  The volleyball program has hoisted a Little East Conference record eight tournament titles (2010-13, 2015-18) and 10 regular-season titles since the 2009 campaign (2009-2018).  The Beacons have also won conference championships in women's soccer (2012), softball (2017 & 2018), men's tennis (1990, 2013, 2017), men's basketball (2006), and baseball (2010, 2017, 2018).

Through our Department of Special Programs and Projects, the division is in the forefront of providing athletics outreach to local neighborhoods, the state, and even overseas audiences. We provide complimentary use of the university's athletic facilities to community groups; we offer student athlete sports clinics for young people; we make holiday visits to hospitals; and offer many other similar services.

More than 150 school, charitable, governmental, and private organizations use UMass Boston athletic facilities for over 2,100 hours each year as participants or spectators. Along with the university's Office of Community Relations and the Division of Student Affairs, the division provides staff support to the Urban Mission Coordinating Committee and manages the Harbor Point Agreement to ensure harmonious neighborhood relations.

With the Department of Africana Studies, the Division implements the international exchange program YES (Youth, Education, and Sports) with Africa, a multiethnic, coeducational sports and leadership initiative that is currently based in Senegal and Benin and has served over 1,500 African youth.