Athletics and Recreation
Over the course of nearly half a century, the UConn Avery Point athletic department has established itself on the national level for assisting student-athletes in reaching their full academic and athletic potential. Currently offering three sports – baseball, men's basketball and women's basketball – and also encompassing the campus' highly successful Waterfront Program, the athletic department consistently generates positive publicity while producing outstanding ambassadors for UConn Avery Point.
The Avery Point campus is the only UConn regional campus to house an athletic facility. The gymnasium provides a newly renovated basketball/volleyball court, a six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool, weight-training programs and equipment, recreational sports programs, which have previously included volleyball tournaments and tag football.
2019 Region XXI Champions
Avery Point is the only UConn Regional Campus that provides its students with opportunities to participate in intercollegiate sports. Students can choose to participate in men’s baseball, men’s basketball, or women’s basketball. All three teams compete against teams in the NJCAA Region 21.
Please visit our UConn Avery Point Athletics site.
The UConn Avery Point Baseball program has established itself as one of the tops in the nation since its inception. To date, the Pointers have registered seven College World Series appearances, 14 NJCAA Division II New England Championships, seven East District Championships and finished as the national runner-up in 2010. Once their short careers at Avery Point come to a close, many players continue on to play at the collegiate and professional levels, a tribute to our exceptional coaching staff. Twenty-seven UCAP players have gone on to play professional baseball, including three alums who played for MLB teams - Rajai Davis, Pete Walker and John McDonald.
The UConn Avery Point Women’s Basketball program has blossomed into one of the top programs in the nation in recent years. During the 2017-18 season, the team reached the NJCAA Final Four and placed third in the country. The Pointers followed that up in 2018-19 by winning the Region XXI title for the second year in a row and placing seventh in the nation. The program has also produced numerous All-Americans during its history, and numerous student-athletes have continued their athletic careers after their time at Avery point.
The UConn Avery Point (UCAP) Men’s Basketball program has a long-standing tradition that spans several decades. The program has produced numerous standout performers, and many student-athletes have continued their athletic careers after their time at Avery Point.
UConn Avery Point’s Waterfront Program was created in 2005 and is designed to provide recreational, instructional, academic, and competitive on-the-water programming to the UConn Avery Point community that complements the marine and maritime focus of this coastal regional campus. This is done through four primary means utilizing the recently expanded watercraft fleet of seven 420 sailing dinghies, 12 FJ sailing dinghies, four kayaks, nine hybrid sit-on-top kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, and a 16-foot safety powerboat.
The UConn Avery Point Sailing Club’s season typically starts in mid-March and ends in late November. With two or three meeting times each week, there are ample opportunities for UConn Avery Point students, staff, faculty, and alumni to venture out on the waters of the Thames River and Fishers Island Sound in sailing dinghies and kayaks.
In addition to the intercollegiate sports teams, Avery Point also offers martial arts, a sailing club, and waterfront programs. For more information on the martial arts, contact Evan Ward. For more information on sailing and waterfront programs at Avery Point, visit the Waterfront programs page.
UConn Avery Point’s Athletic Center features a six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool, gymnasium, and fitness center. The multi-purpose gymnasium features a full collegiate basketball court, which can be configured for volleyball (two courts), indoor soccer, or indoor floor hockey. The fitness center features treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bicycles.
Avery Point faculty, staff, and students enjoy use of the Athletic Center on a daily basis. The gymnasium is used in the fall and winter by the Avery Point men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams for games and practices.
The following community organizations and groups use the Athletic Center gym or pool on a regular basis: the Fitch High School men’s and women’s swim teams; Ledyard/Stonington High School men’s and women’s swim teams; Connecticut Aquatic Club swim team of Southeastern CT; Groton Parks and Recreation Department; Special Olympics of Southeastern CT; an underwater hockey league; Electric Boat Athletic Club members for basketball, volleyball, dodge ball and floor hockey leagues; Pfizer basketball and volleyball leagues; Southeastern CT Soccer League, and CT Velocity Volleyball League.
The athletic facility is open to the public on a membership basis throughout the year. The athletic center is available for rental for parties and private events on a space available basis. Anyone interested in a membership or rental of the gym or pool should contact George Hardison at 860-405-9077 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Avery Point Gymnasium
The athletic facility is open to students, staff and faculty. Avery Point also offers facility memberships for the general public. Please visit Our Athletics website for membership options and facility hours.