Play It Forward

USF Athletics

At USF, sports play a prime role in our community and in cura personalis, or the care of the whole person. The only Division I university in San Francisco, we have a long history of success, with 10 national championships, 101 conference championships, and 102 scholar-athletes named All-Americans — including basketball legend Bill Russell, distance runner Charlotte Taylor, and NFL Hall of Famer Ollie Matson of the undefeated and uninvited 1951 Dons football team.

We also offer more than 20 club sports, including rugby, swimming, ultimate frisbee, and taekwondo; a thriving intramural program with leagues ranging from basketball to kickball to soccer; and a band, a cheer team, and a spirit squad.

Whatever your sport and whatever your level, you can play at USF. And you can cheer, too. Basketball, soccer, volleyball, and baseball home games are a great way to connect with fellow students (you get in free with your I.D.) and with neighbors who turn up, in the hundreds, to support the Dons. The whole idea is not just about winning, but also how sports can enhance health, build character, and create community.