Murray State is a charter member of the Ohio Valley Conference and is a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Racer athletic teams are perennial challengers for major honors in the sponsored nine men’s sports and ten women’s sports. For more information, visit the official site of Racer Athletics.
The Campus Recreation office is responsible for the management of all recreational sports programming including intramural sports, sport clubs, and special events. A wide variety of leagues, such as softball, flag football, volleyball, soccer and basketball, are offered throughout each semester.
Murray State students can spend many hours in the vast recreational area of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes and the Land Between the Lakes national recreational area, all located within a short drive from campus. Here students enjoy swimming, fishing, water skiing, golfing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, and just soaking up the sun on the beaches.
The Leisure Connection is a service at Murray State that allows students to check out tents, sleeping bags, stoves, coolers, and other recreational equipment at very low rates. Travel information and maps are also available for help in planning a weekend or vacation trip.
Sport clubs at Murray State are both student- and university-initiated and compete on both an intramural and an extramural basis. Students can gain valuable organizational and coaching experiences as well as just healthy fun through participation in a sport club. Bowling, crew, chess, fencing, soccer, rodeo and volleyball are presently organized.
Murray State has a great number of facilities to meet the sporting and fitness needs of faculty, staff and students. The Susan A. Bauernfeind Recreation and Wellness Center is a 73,000 square foot facility paid for by student fees. It includes threefull size basketball courts with hardwood floors; aerobics studio with hardwood floor, mirrors, ballet bar, and sound system; free weights, selectorized machines and cardio workout equipment featuring treadmills, elliptical trainers, cross trainers, bikes, steppers, and rowing machines; swimming pool featuring lap pool, leisure pool area, whirlpool, vortex, and water bench; two racquetball courts; café and lounge with internet access' men's and women's locker rooms; 1/11-mile walking/jogging track; multipurpose Room available for meetings, classes, and workout sessions.
In the Carr Health Building/Racer Arena, there are four racquetball courts, three multipurpose gymnasiums, a gymnastics room, an indoor jogging track, a swimming pool, and dressing rooms. Outdoor facilities include four basketball courts, 16 lighted tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, and numerous athletic fields for team sports.
The CFSB Center houses a jogging track and numerous courts for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor activities.
The Miller Memorial Golf Course is available to Murray State students, faculty, and staff as well as the community.