Sports and Recreation

Recreational Sports and Wellness engages students and the University community in healthy and active lifestyles through participation in a variety of programs and services.

Student running on campus

Opportunities for Sport

We know you work hard in the classroom, but remember that establishing good exercise habits can be a great way to release stress, meet new people, and keep yourself happy and healthy.

Division I Athletics

Mercer University is a proud, longtime member of NCAA Division I athletics, and we've built a strong athletic tradition in Bear Territory as members of the historic Southern Conference.

Club Sports

Club Sports bring students, faculty, and staff together to enjoy similar sporting interests. They can be competitive, recreational, or instructional in nature.

Intramural Sports

Stay involved in your favorite sport or try something completely new. Intramural sports give students the chance to compete against each other at a friendly level in anything from flag football to dodgeball, softball, basketball, soccer, and more.


We have everything you need to reach your fitness goals, from weight rooms to aerobic rooms, swimming pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, and more.


Mercer's traditional undergraduate campus in Macon utilizes the University Center, Plunkett Pool, and the Leroy Peddy Tennis Courts for recreation and wellness.


Recreational Sports and Wellness on Mercer's graduate and professional campus in Atlanta is based in Sheffield Gym, which offers a multitude of ways for you to stay active and healthy.

Fitness Classes

Fitness Programs

Take advantage of Mercer's free fitness classes and try your hand at yoga, kickboxing, Zumba, Pilates, and more.

Amerson River Park

Mercer Outdoors

Outdoor Adventures challenges limits, encourages fun, and builds a strong appreciation for the natural environment. Whether it's skydiving, rafting, hiking, or camping, you won't regret going on one of their many excursions.

Spirit Squad

For Mercerians, school pride runs deep. And these students are at the center of it all.


Mercer's Cheer Team leads football and basketball fans in cheering the Bears to victory throughout the year.

Dance Team

Working closely with the Cheer Team, Mercer's Dance Team energizes the crowd with their jazz, pom, and hip-hop routines.

Marching and Pep Bands

The Mercer Marching Band performs high-energy halftime shows at every home football game and typically travels to one away game each year. The Pep Band performs at all men's and women's home basketball games and at select volleyball, baseball, and soccer games, as well as other athletic-related events.

Mercer Maniacs

The Mercer Maniacs are a group of spirited students that paint up and lead the student section in cheering on the Bears at games and matches throughout the year.