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Harvard Crimson
Harvard Crimson.svg
University Harvard University
Conference Ivy League
ECAC Hockey
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Robert Scalise
Location Cambridge, MA
Varsity teams 41 teams
Football stadium Harvard Stadium
Basketball arena Lavietes Pavilion
Baseball stadium O'Donnell Field
Soccer stadium Ohiri Field
Lacrosse stadium Jordan Field
Other arenas Bright Hockey Center
Mascot John Harvard
Nickname Crimson
Fight song Ten Thousand Men of Harvard
Colors Crimson and


Homepage Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson are the athletic teams of Harvard University. The school's teams compete in NCAA Division I. As of 2006, there were 41 Division I intercollegiate varsity sports teams for women and men at Harvard, more than at any other NCAA Division I college in the country. As with other Ivy League universities, Harvard does not offer athletic scholarships.[1]

The school has won national championships in men's golf (6), men's ice hockey (1), women's lacrosse (1), and men's soccer (4).





See: Category:Harvard Crimson baseball and College baseball


Men's basketball

See footnotes,[2][3] Category:Harvard Crimson men's basketball players, Category:Harvard Crimson men's basketball coaches, Lavietes Pavilion, NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, and College basketball
For links to articles on Harvard head basketball coaches, see the navigation box at the bottom of the page.

In 1984, junior Joe Carrabino, a power forward, was named the 1983–84 Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year.

Women's basketball

See: Category:Harvard Crimson women's basketball, Lavietes Pavilion, and College basketball


Harvard men's eight at Henley, 2004
See footnote.[4] See also: College rowing (United States) and Intercollegiate sports team champions #Rowing

Men's crew

See also: Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC)

Women's crew

See also: Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC)


The fencing won the 2006 NCAA team championship in men's and women's combined fencing.


See: Category:Harvard Crimson football and Harvard Stadium
For links to articles on Harvard head football coaches, see the navigation box at the bottom of the page.

The football team has competed since 1873. They have won ten national championships when the school competed in what is now known as the FBS[6]. They are perhaps best known for their rivalry with Yale, known as "The Game". Sixteen former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The school won the 1920 Rose Bowl.

Harvard's athletic rivalry with Yale is intense in every sport in which they meet, coming to a climax each fall in their annual football meeting, which dates back to 1875 and is usually called simply The Game. While Harvard's football team is no longer one of the country's best as it often was a century ago during football's early days (it won the Rose Bowl in 1920), both it and Yale have influenced the way the game is played. In 1903, Harvard Stadium introduced a new era into football with the first-ever permanent reinforced concrete stadium of its kind in the country. The stadium's structure actually played a role in the evolution of the college game. Seeking to reduce the alarming number of deaths and serious injuries in the sport, the Father of Football, Walter Camp (former captain of the Yale football team), suggested widening the field to open up the game. But the state-of-the-art Harvard Stadium was too narrow to accommodate a wider playing surface. So, other steps had to be taken. Camp would instead support revolutionary new rules for the 1906 season. These included legalizing the forward pass, perhaps the most significant rule change in the sport's history.[7][8]


Men's golf

Harvard has won six men's golf championships: 1898 (spring), 1899, 1901, 1902 (fall), 1903, and 1904.

Ice hockey

Men's ice hockey

See: Category:Harvard University Crimson ice hockey, Bright Hockey Center, Beanpot, and College hockey
See the "Harvard Crimson ice hockey" navigation box at the bottom of the page.

The mens' ice hockey team won the school's first NCAA championship in any team sport, in 1989. It has a strong rivalry with Cornell. Its games are at Bright Hockey Center.

The Cleary Cup — awarded to the ECAC regular-season champion (the team with the best in-conference record) — is named for former Harvard All-American hockey player, coach, and athletic director Bill Cleary, a member of the U.S. hockey team that won the 1960 Winter Olympics gold medal.

Women's ice hockey

See the "Harvard Crimson ice hockey" navigation box at the bottom of the page.


Men's lacrosse

See footnote[9] and Category:Harvard Crimson men's lacrosse players and College lacrosse

Women's lacrosse

Harvard became the first Ivy League institution to win a NCAA championship title in a women's sport, when its women's lacrosse team won the NCAA championship in 1990. The team was runner-up in 1989 and 1992.


Older than The Game by 23 years, the Harvard-Yale Regatta was the original source of the athletic rivalry between the two schools. It is held annually in June on the Thames river in eastern Connecticut. The Harvard crew is typically considered to be one of the top teams in the country in rowing.


The Harvard team won the Intercollegiate Sailing Association National Championships in 2003.


See: Category:Harvard Crimson soccer players, Ohiri Field, and College soccer

Men's soccer

Before the NCAA began its tournament in 1959, the annual national champion was declared by the Intercollegiate Association Football League (IAFL) — from 1911 to 1926 — and then the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA), from 1927 to 1958. From 1911 to 1958, Harvard won four national championships.


See also: Squash

Swimming and diving


See: Category:Harvard Crimson tennis players

Track and field

See: Category:Harvard Crimson track and field athletes




Harvard has several athletic facilities, such as the Lavietes Pavilion, a multi-purpose arena and home to the basketball teams. The Malkin Athletic Center, known as the "MAC," serves both as the university's primary recreation facility and as a satellite location for several varsity sports. The five-story building includes two cardio rooms, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a smaller pool for aquaerobics and other activities, a mezzanine, where all types of classes are held at all hours of the day, and an indoor cycling studio, three weight rooms, and a three-court gym floor to play basketball. The MAC also offers personal trainers and specialty classes. The MAC is also home to volleyball, fencing, and wrestling. The offices of several of the school's varsity coaches are also in the MAC.

Weld Boathouse and Newell Boathouse house the women's and men's rowing teams, respectively. The men's crew also uses the Red Top complex in Ledyard, CT, as their training camp for the annual Harvard-Yale Regatta. The Bright Hockey Center hosts the ice hockey teams, and the Murr Center serves both as a home for the squash and tennis teams as well as a strength and conditioning center for all athletic sports.

Other facilities include: O'Donnell Field (baseball), Harvard Stadium (football), Jordan Field (lacrosse), Ohiri Field (soccer), and Blodgett Pool (swimming and diving).

Television footage

Harvard Undergraduate Television has footage from historical games and athletic events including the 2005 pep-rally before the Harvard-Yale Game. Harvard's official athletics website has more comprehensive information about Harvard's athletic facilities.


  1. ^ The Harvard Guide: Financial Aid at Harvard
  2. ^ Torre, Pablo S. (February 1, 2010). "Harvard School of Basketball". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1165302/index.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ Gregory, Sean (December 31, 2009). "Harvard's Hoops Star Is Asian. Why's That a Problem?". Time, Inc.. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1951044,00.html?artId=1951044?contType=article?chn=us. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ Men's rowing (both heavyweight and lightweight) and women's lightweight rowing are not part of the NCAA and have separate championships. The NCAA does conduct championships for women's heavyweight (or openweight) crews (Divisions I, II and III). See: NCAA Rowing Championship.
  5. ^ ECAC Awards and Honors: ECAC Rowing Trophy. Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) official website. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  6. ^ Smith, Mel. "Early American Football Style College Champions 1882/83 - 1890/91". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/national_championships/mel_smith/football_style.php. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  7. ^ "History of American Football" NEWSdial.com
  8. ^ Nelson, David M., Anatomy of a Game: Football, the Rules, and the Men Who Made the Game, 1994, Pages 127-128
  9. ^ See 1941 Harvard–Navy lacrosse game.

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