Carrying on an intercollegiate athletic tradition over 150 years old, the Brown Bears compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I level. As a member of the Ivy League, Brown has one of the nation's broadest arrays of varsity teams, featuring the nation's fourth largest athletic program – 37 in all, 17 for men, 20 for women -- the largest athletic program in the nation for women.
U.S. News and World Report recently named Brown Athletics to the College Sports Honor Roll as one of the nation's top 20 athletic programs. Brown has 24 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for Academic Achievement, second-most in the nation.
Brown teams regularly compete in NCAA Championships, with the Brown women's crew winning five NCAA Championships in the last 11 years. In addition, Brown's baseball, men's soccer, and men's lacrosse teams have made NCAA playoff appearances in the last several years, with football and women's basketball joining those teams in winning Ivy League championships. Coaches and writers have ranked 12 Brown teams nationally in recent years. Both the men's soccer (17) and women's soccer (12) teams have won more Ivy titles than any other Ivy League school.
In the last three years, Brown athletes achieved at the highest level on an individual basis with 20 All-Americans, 24 Academic All-Americans, three Ivy League Players of the Year, two Ivy League Rookies of the Year, an NCAA Top VIII Award winner, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner, an Academic All-American of the Year, and two national finalists for Player of the Year honors. Brown athletes were drafted or signed by teams from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer.
Alumni of Brown Athletics are equally decorated, many going on to success in professional leagues, the Olympics and being honored for their achievement off the playing field. In 2007, former Brown football and NFL standout Steve Jordan was honored with an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for success on the playing field, in the work place and in the community. Forty-four Brown students or alums have participated in the Olympic games, including 26 in the last 10 years.
Brown student-athletes do not just dedicate themselves on the playing field and in the classroom, but in the community as well. The Brown Department of Athletics and the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point have had a relationship that is fast approaching 20 years. Each fall, teams "adopt" classrooms in a special ceremony, and the Brown student-athletes volunteer their time to help mentor the school's largely at-risk students.